Sen. Fetterman Proposes Groundbreaking Whole Home Repairs Program at the National Level

Posted Mar 7, 2024, by Lisa DePaoli

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Media Contact: Lisa DePaoli, lisa@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org, 724-229-3550, ext. 3  

Sen. Fetterman Proposes Groundbreaking Whole Home Repairs Program at the National Level

The program can put millions of Americans on a path to restoring our homes and communities 

Washington, PA – Most Americans want the same thing: a safe, secure place to call home. But for too long, elected officials failed to prioritize decent living standards – that is, until 2022, when thanks to the tireless organizing of grassroots organizations and coalitions across Pennsylvania, the state added Whole-Home Repairs to the budget. Whole-Home Repairs became the first program in the nation to establish a one-stop shop for home repairs and weatherization while creating family-sustaining jobs in impacted communities.  

Now, PA Senator John Fetterman and WY Senator Cynthia Lummis are introducing Whole-Home Repairs on the federal level. The legislation could ensure that every American from Washington County to Washington state has a safe, secure home where they can raise their kids and pursue their dreams. 

“Whole-Home Repairs is a lifeline to homeowners and families in our state and across the country. It is essential to support and fund these programs adequately. Pennsylvania’s pilot program has laid the groundwork for many more state and federal investments in Whole-Home Repairs for years to come,” said Sarah Martik, CCJ’s Executive Director.

Demand for the program has far exceeded the funding allotted to it, and it’s succeeding in bringing down utility bills, making our homes safer and more resilient, and creating good jobs with living wages. It is a win for families and the economy. 

State Senator Nikil Saval, a lead sponsor of Pennsylvania’s legislation, said, “Through the Whole-Home Repairs Program, Pennsylvania can tackle many of the root causes of community instability by keeping people in their homes and keeping those homes safe and healthy.”



  • Lisa DePaoli

    Lisa (Coffield) DePaoli joined the CCJ staff in 2018 and is now our Communications Director. She grew up in rural Washington County, has family in both Washington and Greene Counties, and has always loved animals and spending time outdoors. A first-generation and nontraditional college student, her deep interest in human beings and ecology led her to earn a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. She has worked on research projects and taught at the university level in the U.S. and in field schools in Latin America. The knowledge and experience she gained increased her concern for environmental and social justice issues, which she believes are best addressed at the local level, or from the "bottom up," including the voices of those who are most impacted. Lisa works to understand issues from the local to the global, seeks to make a positive difference, and loves to talk to people about what interests or concerns them. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, furkids, and friends, and walking in the woods with her dogs. Contact Lisa at lisa@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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