Pelican House on SW 3rd in Newport has gotten a new “roof job” totally unrelated to stopping leaks. It’s an array of solar panels that generate enough electricity to substantially reduces the utility costs of the building. A federal grant paid for the solar panels, and because a federally funded non-profit organization created Pelican House for chronic homeless families, it will benefit from the utility savings.
Lincoln-Benton-Linn Counties-based Community Services Consortium (CSC) was judged by the federal government to have done such a good job at promoting home weatherization for low income residents in the area, that it qualified for a $1.3 million dollar grant to buy solar panels to be affixed to low income housing throughout its service district. The Pelican House solar panels was the first project by CSC and ran about $105,000 for the whole building. Project coordinator Ben Bagett says there will soon be more solar projects throughout the three county area.
Pelican House provides homeless families temporary to longer term shelter complete with case workers to help them with job training, employment and life skills enhancements to help them lead healthier and more productive lives.