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Is Your Old House Freezing? Grant May Help You Warm Up While Saving Money

By Heather Cherone | September 21, 2016 5:26am
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DUNNING — Winter is coming — and some projections are bone-chilling.

A grant designed to help the owners of vintage homes stay warm during the winter is available through the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association, officials said.

While many Chicago bungalow owners love their vintage homes, the brick houses can be drafty when the temperature drops below zero, association officials said.

The group's energy savers grant covers the installation of attic insulation as well as the sealing of drafts and cracks in attics, basements and sidewalls, officials said.

To qualify for the $3,600 grant, homeowners must earn no more than 80 percent of the area's median income, which is $61,500 for a family of four, according to city officials. Their home must be at least 50 years old, association members said.

More than 2,200 members of the association have taken advantage of the grant, group officials said.

In addition, the association will host a series of seminars this fall designed to help keep the chill out.

A seminar hosted by the association on how to winterize a vintage home will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Dunning branch of the Chicago Public Library, 7455 W. Cornelia Ave.

Two other seminars hosted by the association on the Far Northwest Side this fall will help even the most hapless weekend warriors whip their vintage homes into shape.

The schedule is:

• 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 for a session on kitchen renovations at the Austin-Irving branch of the Chicago Public Library, 6100 W. Irving Park Road.

• 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 for a session on basement finishing and remodeling at the Jefferson Park branch of the Chicago Public Library, 5363 W. Lawrence Ave.

For more information, call 312-675-0300, Ext. 10 or email bungalow@chicagobungalow.org.

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