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Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is announcing the inclusion of $2.1 million in congressionally directed spending for the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) Built to Last program in the Senate Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. The Philadelphia Energy Authority is an independent municipal authority focused on building a robust, clean energy economy. PEA plans to use the funding to begin its Built to Last program, with the goal of eventually reaching 10,000 homes by 2032.

“Every family deserves a safe, reliable and affordable home to raise their children and create community,” said Senator Casey. “With this funding, the Philadelphia Energy Authority will be able to restore affordable housing for years to come, so residents can rely on safe, secure and comfortable housing, helping them build community wealth. I will continue to work to pass this spending bill to bring home resources to Philadelphia.”

“The Philadelphia Energy Authority is extremely grateful for Senator Casey's support of our low-income housing restoration program, Built to Last,” said Emily Shapira, President & CEO of the Philadelphia Authority Energy. “This scalable, replicable initiative teams government home repair programs with utilities and non-profits to restore owner-occupied homes in Environmental Justice communities to safe, healthy, affordable and climate-resilient conditions. This funding is critical to completing 100 homes in 2022, and for helping us scale up to support 10,000 homes by 2032.”

On August 4, 2021, the FY22 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill was reported out of Committee on a vote of 25 to 5.