DOE Partners with HUD and Home Depot in Hurricane Relief Program

January 16, 2006

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and The Home Depot are partnering to train thousands of consumers on how to repair storm-damaged homes using best practices for energy efficiency and durability.  The partners will host a series of training sessions in major metropolitan areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.  

The trainings—scheduled for January and February, 2006—will educate the "do-it-yourself" homeowner about home repairs that focus on selecting the right products for your home, and repairing walls, floors, ceilings, windows, and doors.  

Both DOE and HUD representatives will work with The Home Depot's manufacturers on the training sessions.  At each training module, attendees will rotate in small groups and receive training briefs that summarize the content learned during the session.  

The Home Deport manufacturers will also host additional booths to teach attendees the basics of home repair such as how to use power tools, and will introduce new housing technologies such as tankless water heaters.  

The training sessions are scheduled on the following dates and locations:

  • January 21-22 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana
  • January 28-29 at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Biloxi/Gulfport, Mississippi
  • February 4 at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama