Kake Apartment for Elderly Receives Money to Improve Energy Efficiency

An apartment building for senior citizens in Kake will get $50,000 from the federal government to improve energy efficiency.

The Kake Elderly Apartment Building has 12 units and serves low income tenants over the age of 62. The money is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development arm, and will be used for a new roof, windows, smoke alarms, doors and energy efficient appliances in all of the units.

A USDA statement says energy efficiency is especially important in Kake, where electricity costs more than 60 cents per kilowatt hour.

Judith Mason is spokeswoman for the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority, which runs the apartment building in Kake.

Mason says the improvements to the building will also mean local jobs. The Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority serves 12 communities. Within the KCAW listening area, the organization serves Kake, Yakutat and Angoon.

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Ed Ronco is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

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