Energy Upgrades Completed for FESCO thanks to HomeAid Northern California, SolarCity and PG&E

Pleasanton, California (EastBayDaily) — Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO) of Hayward received a major green retrofit thanks to funding from the Walmart Foundation and support from HomeAid Northern California, SolarCity and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

The renovations, which will save FESCO more than $2,500 a year on energy bills, were made possible through HomeAid America’s Environmental Sustainability Program. The savings will allow the shelter to provide additional help to families and children in need.

As a HomeAid Northern California partner, PG&E orchestrated the energy audit with SolarCity for the FESCO properties in Hayward. Gay McDaniel, Executive Director of FESCO stated, “We are extremely grateful to HomeAid Northern California, SolarCity and PG&E for providing these critical energy improvements at no cost to us. We can now conserve our precious resources for providing services to our residents and we will now have lower energy costs and a better living environment.”

FESCO’s energy retrofits included air sealing the building envelopes, attic insulation, air filtration systems, duct systems with zoned controls, high efficiency lighting upgrades, high efficiency water heater and efficiency and safety measures. A dedication ceremony will be held on January 16, 2013 to celebrate the energy improvements.

PG&E is proud of our collaboration with HomeAid Northern California and SolarCity on this important project, said Gregg Lemler, Senior Director of Transmission System Operations for PG&E. “As a result of our joint efforts, FESCO will enjoy significant energy savings, allowing them to invest even more in the incredible work that they do assisting East Bay families in need.”

HomeAid Northern California would like to thank SolarCity and PG&E for their support in making this project happen. A special thank you also goes out to our national partners in greening our future – HomeAid America, Walmart, Owens Corning and Masco Corporation Foundation.

About FESCO, Family Emergency Shelter Coalition FESCO, Family Emergency Shelter Coalition, is a nonprofit organization comprised of over 30 churches and community members in the Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and San Leandro, California area. FESCO serves homeless families with food, emergency, transitional and permanent housing, supportive services and links to community resources.

FESCO offers a full range of basic and support services to help families get off the streets, gain stability and move toward self-sufficiency and permanent housing. FESCO operates a 24 bed shelter for families and children and a 4 unit housing project to provide low-cost rental housing with supportive services. Partnering with HomeAid in 2003, FESCO also opened a multi-unit transitional living center called Banyan House. For more information, visit

About SolarCity SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY)—a national leader in clean energy services—provides homeowners, business and government organizations cleaner, more affordable alternatives to their utility bills. The company makes it simple for customers to lock in lower, long-term rates for clean energy by providing everything from permitting and installation to ongoing monitoring and maintenance. Additional information about the company is available on the Web at

About HomeAid HomeAid Northern California is a 501c(3) non-profit organization founded in 1999 as the charitable arm of the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area. HomeAid has built 10 shelters for the transitionally homeless in nearly every county in the San Francisco Bay Area in collaboration with the homebuilding industry and its vendors, partners and suppliers. In addition to providing a safe, comfortable home, the shelters typically offer counseling and job training as core components of their programs – ultimately offering “a hand up, not a hand out”.

HomeAid Northern California projects include Mission Solano Bridge to Life Center in Fairfield, Shepherd’s Gate in Livermore, Shelter Inc. Lyle Morris Family Center, Bay Area Crisis Nursery Dahlstrom House remodel in Concord, Recovery Café in San Jose, DreamCatcher/Nika’s Place in Oakland and STAND! For Families Free of Violence shelter remodel. For more information about HomeAid, visit

About Pacific Gas and Electric Company Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. PG&E’s goal is to be the leading corporate citizen in each of the diverse communities it serves throughout Northern and Central California. In 2011, the utility contributed $23 million to charitable organizations. For more information, visit and


Cheryl O’Connor
HomeAid Northern California

Kirsten Fischer