PEORIA, Ill -- Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) visited a job training class made possible by funds from the Urban Weatherization Initiative (UWI) on Monday.
The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity (PCCEO) was one of ten organizations to receive funding to train for this program.
Skills taught through the UWI include: repairing and replacing inefficient heating and cooling units; improving air infiltration through weather stripping. caulking and window and door replacement; installing pipers and duct insulation, and teaching the basic skills needed on job interviews.
"The Urban Weather Initiative is a multifaceted program. Not only will these individuals receive the training they need to find jobs, but their work will help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient and save money on their energy bills," Gordon-Booth said.
PCCEO will be able to train over 50 people and later assist homeowners in applying for weatherization grants.