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REACH 1 Grant

(Residential Energy Assistance Challenge)

Past Project of A W.I.S.H.

Low-Income Energy Advocacy


The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Services, awarded a million dollars for a three year period to the State of Washington Office of Community Development (OCD) for a Residential Energy Assistance Challenge (REACH) grant. OCD sub-contracted with A World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity to administer this grant statewide.

The REACH I grant leveraged $68 million of new ratepayer utility funds in Washington State for low-income energy needs over a five year period.

 The REACH program was designed to fund proposals that make energy more affordable for low-income households. This proposal was created by a partnership between OCD, the Washington State Association of Community Action Agencies, Bellingham-based A World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity (A W.I.S.H.), and Washington utilities.

 The program secured low-income rate discounts or other assistance programs, on a voluntary basis, in the areas of the state where they didn't exist. We believe this approach benefits all parties concerned and creates a win/win situation without mandates or legislation. A W.I.S.H. sub-contracted with over 30 community-based to work in local communities with their energy utilities.

 For further information, contact Michael Karp at A W.I.S.H. at (360) 724-3215, P.O. Box 2658, Bellingham, Washington 98227-568, michael@awish.net.



In October 2001, major stakeholders attended the REACH Conference in Everett, WA, to promote affordable energy assistance to low-income households in Washington State. Highlights from speakers' presentations are now posted on the web.

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