"Most of the boilers and furnaces were far past their life expectancy," said Chris Barry, Associate director of modernization for the Housing Authority.
Recovery Act Impact: Weatherization in MA
A stimulus award of $397K has changed all that. The funds enabled the Housing Authority to replace 43 furnaces at its Washburn Heights Housing project and 15 boilers at the Golden Circle Housing project.
"In New England, winters can be really tough and the furnaces and boilers were old and unreliable," said Frank Heinz, the Director of Modernization and Housing Development for the Brockton Housing Authority.
The Brockton Housing Authority manages a total of 1,961 housing units. According to Heinz, the Authority was in the process of planning a large scale modernization project on Washburn Heights when the recession hit. "We were looking at a mixed finance project but with the drop in the market and the economy, everybody took a step back and it was put on hold," said Heinz. But, he added, the mechanical elements, specifically the furnaces that the stimulus award enabled them to replace, were a huge portion of that project.