Municipality of Anchorage to return responsibility for weatherization program to Alaska Housing Finance Corp.
Move designed to make program more efficient, improve service delivery
Contact: Sarah Erkmann
ANCHORAGE- Mayor Dan Sullivan announced today the Municipality of Anchorage’s (MOA) intent to return responsibility for administering the Weatherization program to the Alaska Housing and Finance Corporation (AHFC).
Using grants received by the AHFC and the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE), the MOA Dept. of Neighborhoods has been administering the program designed to provide energy efficiency and safety upgrades since 2007.
The move should create a more efficient process that will improve service delivery, according to Sullivan. “An established private sector contractor often can perform just as well if not better than government,” said Sullivan. “AHFC will have the ability to directly administer weatherization grant money without the added layer of complexity associated with the MOA.”
AHFC Chief Executive Officer Dan Fauske pledged that the weatherization project will continue uninterrupted. “This is just a different way to handle the same work,” said Fauske. “Most cities across the country use a non-profit to administer this program, so the move makes sense. The goal of providing this popular service remains a top priority, and I am confident we will do the job well.”
“By eliminating some city administrative functions associated with this program, we save valuable resources and employee time,” said Sullivan. “The public shouldn’t notice any change in service, and more dollars should be freed up to help homeowners take advantage of the program.”