SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It has been more than one year since the devastating June 1 tornado, but if you are a victim, you could still be eligible for grant money from the state to help you in the rebuilding process.
The ReBuild Western Massachusetts program, which is funded by the state Department of Energy Resources , provides grant money and zero-interest loans to home and business owners who use "smart-energy" approaches to rebuild tornado-damaged property.
You can get loan or grant money to pay for high-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems, solar electric and hot water systems, Energy Star-rated replacement windows and doors, and insulation.
Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia says that using these methods to re-build will save property owners money in the long run. "Helping people rebuild their homes and businesses using energy-efficient methods cuts energy costs, saves people money, and creates local jobs," he said.
Applicants must be residents of Hampden or Worcester Counties that have had damage to their home or business documented by an insurance company, FEMA, or another state, local, or federal agency.
You have until October 1 to begin the application process. For information on how to begin, call (877) 524-1325 or visit the website for ReBuild Western Massachusetts.