Project Title

HopeWorks

Presenters

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RCHSS - Geography & Anthropology

Faculty Sponsor Name

Ulrike Ingram

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Abstract (300 words maximum)

Weather constantly changes from hot to cold and houses will deteriorate over time. The low-income elderly are not as able to keep their homes updated or properly weatherized. HopeWorks is a non-profit organization that helps qualified low-income senior citizens of Georgia with the cost of new gas appliances and with weatherization. I’m creating maps and analyzing census data to help HopeWorks reach as many senior citizens as possible. HopeWorks has two separate programs helping consumers of Southern Company gas and electric services. The first allows low-income seniors with emergency repairs to gas furnaces and hot water heaters, or alternatively replaces these appliances. The second program makes renovations to the elderly individual’s home to properly weatherize it for energy efficiency and lower bills. My project is to show the areas in the state of Georgia that have the most low-income seniors that could benefit from the two programs that HopeWorks offers to the customers of Southern Company. I collected coverage maps from a Southern Company representative and then I applied the census data for the state of Georgia for the 2010 census year. HopeWorks provided me with limited data about past consumers that have been helped and I made a graph of how many elderly citizens were helped in the years of the programs. In order to qualify for the HopeWorks programs, consumers have to be at least sixty years of age, own their own homes, and be a customer of Southern Company’s subsidiaries (Georgia Power, Atlanta Gas Light, etc).

Project Type

Poster

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HopeWorks

Weather constantly changes from hot to cold and houses will deteriorate over time. The low-income elderly are not as able to keep their homes updated or properly weatherized. HopeWorks is a non-profit organization that helps qualified low-income senior citizens of Georgia with the cost of new gas appliances and with weatherization. I’m creating maps and analyzing census data to help HopeWorks reach as many senior citizens as possible. HopeWorks has two separate programs helping consumers of Southern Company gas and electric services. The first allows low-income seniors with emergency repairs to gas furnaces and hot water heaters, or alternatively replaces these appliances. The second program makes renovations to the elderly individual’s home to properly weatherize it for energy efficiency and lower bills. My project is to show the areas in the state of Georgia that have the most low-income seniors that could benefit from the two programs that HopeWorks offers to the customers of Southern Company. I collected coverage maps from a Southern Company representative and then I applied the census data for the state of Georgia for the 2010 census year. HopeWorks provided me with limited data about past consumers that have been helped and I made a graph of how many elderly citizens were helped in the years of the programs. In order to qualify for the HopeWorks programs, consumers have to be at least sixty years of age, own their own homes, and be a customer of Southern Company’s subsidiaries (Georgia Power, Atlanta Gas Light, etc).