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The Weatherization Assistance Program assists income-eligible families and individuals by reducing their heating/cooling costs and improving the safety of their homes through energy efficiency measures. Energy efficiency measures performed through the program include air sealing (weather-stripping, caulking), wall and ceiling insulation, heating system improvements or replacement, efficiency improvements in lighting, hot water tank and pipe insulation, and refrigerator replacements with highly efficient Energy Star rated units. Household energy use reductions and resultant energy cost savings are significant, with an average savings in excess of 20%.
Q&A: The Weatherization Assistance Program (US Dept of Energy)
Weatherization Services reduce the amount of energy required to heat homes and provide hot water. The majority of homes in New York State were built when energy was relatively inexpensive. These homes are significantly more costly to heat than a newer energy-efficient home.
Saves energy dollars
Increases comfort in a home
Reduces our dependence on foreign oil
Preserves our housing stock
Provides jobs and professional training
Provides safe, affordable housing
Is There Any Charge For Weatherization Services?
All services are provided without obligation to the occupant of the home. However, owners of rental buildings are required to invest funds toward the cost of the Weatherization services.
Who is Eligible For Weatherization Services?
Eligibility is based on household income relative to federal low-income guidelines. If a household contains a member who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Public Assistance, Food Stamps, or Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits, the household is considered automatically eligible for Weatherization services.
Are RENTERS eligible for assistance?
Yes, renters qualify if the eligibility guidelines are met. Please see section on multifamily weatherization below.
Apply for weatherization services.
Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home, HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Lead Safe Housing Rule Guide
The Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE) Newsletter
Multi-Family Building Eligibility
The Program helps reduce energy costs of privately-owned unassisted housing, and of affordable housing assisted or supervised by DHCR, HTFC and other agencies. Assistance may only be provided for buildings where more than 66% of the tenants have been determined to meet income and other eligibility requirements. In certain cases this requirement may be lowered to 50% of tenants. Eligibility of the building must be verified by examining income of existing tenants before any work can begin.
Vacant units may be counted as eligible units if the owner agrees in writing to rent those units to eligible households upon completion of work, or within 180 days, whichever is sooner.
Required Owner Investment
Owners of assisted buildings with two or more units are required to contribute a minimum of 25% of the cost of the weatherization work that will be installed, unless the owner is low-income.
Coordinating the Weatherization Program with Other Funding
DHCR encourages coordination of Weatherization work with other program activities. Subgrantees can assist owners with understanding and reconciling different program requirements, and can suggest strategies to efficiently combine funding from other sources.
HUD - DOE Partnership (Multifamily Weatherization of Public and Assisted Housing)
Program requirements for the Weatherization Assistance Program are set and administered by the Department of Energy's Office Energy Efficiency and Renewal Energy (EERE). Information about program regulations and guidance and information on how the weatherization program works can be found on DOE's website.
HUD Multifamily Properties Eligible for Weatherization Assistance
HUD Publicly Assisted Affordable Apartment Search
Resources for WAP professionals: Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Technical Assistance Center (TAC): WAPTAC