Good morning from the Chippewa Cree Housing Authority! As you are aware, winter has arrived early this year bringing snow and colder temperatures in September and October. With the unexpected cold comes the usual winter time problems of frozen pipes and furnace breakdowns. We know some of the houses are cold during the winter and we are asking tenants to please watch for line breaks in their crawl spaces and under the sinks in kitchen and bathroom. Please check your propane levels and if you are able, add some in before the next cold spell is upon us.
Also, we are requesting that if you have entry ways or vents to your basement or crawl space and they are uncovered. Please let us know so that we can come down and cover them up. When left uncovered it allows the cold air to get to the pipes and it also drains your propane and other heating sources as it lets in cold air to the house in general.
We will also be instituting a “Neighborhood Watch” of sorts. We are requesting that tenants keep an eye out for when other tenants “abandon” a unit. We know that situations happen and not everyone can keep propane or electricity in their units, especially during the winter months, it truly does come down to buying food or paying for utilities. When those things happen, reach out to the assistance programs that can help, there are many programs that can help you. If you have exhausted every avenue, even the CCHA has a very limited resource that can give you a one-time assistance. Keep in mind we are very limited and we will request that you search every other opportunity first and we will only help those that are already on an assistance program such as Social Security, TANF or GA. Please don’t use your cook stove range to heat your unit. It burns out the burner plates and the oven itself and it is very dangerous as the temperature gauge instead can’t regulate the heat output and gets very hot and could very easily start a home fire. We are having a “Weatherization Workshop” today at 1pm, please attend for some very informative literature, window covering, window kits, and some very nice door prizes. Hope to see you there.
Allen LaMere, Executive Director
Chippewa Cree Housing Authority