What is the Weatherization Assistance Program and How to Apply?
The federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was established in 1976 to help families of low income who didn't have the necessary resources to invest in energy efficiency. The WAP operates in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Native American tribes and the District of Columbia. Funds are used for improving homes' energy efficiency for low income households. It uses advanced testing protocols and technologies available in the housing industry.
The WAP has made an industry that produces new technologies and jobs, all while helping families across the country most vulnerable. You should contact your local or state weatherization agency to apply for weatherization assistance.
However, the steps below show you how to apply for WAP services.
Step 1: See if You're Eligible for WAP Services
Income is one of the main factors impacting eligibility. According to DOE guidelines, households at 200% or below of the poverty income guidelines qualify for WAP services or if they receive Aid to Families and Dependent Children or Supplemental Security Income.
Step 2: Find Your Local WAP Provider
The territorial, state or tribal website will offer a list of the local providers or organizations offering WAP services under a "How to Apply" section. Most states will have you contact the local providers, but some will offer an application online through their website. The list of providers is typically organized by country and offers a:
- Phone number
Step 3: Complete the WAP Application Process
After you've found your local WAP provider or organization, contact them to begin your application process. They'll ask you for proof of income for the previous year, like any paycheck stubs or social security payments.
Step 4: Get Prepared for WAP Services
Once you receive your income information and application, your local WAP provider or organization will decide if you're qualified to receive WAP services. Keep in mind individuals in most need will likely be moved to the top of the list. You must obtain your landlord's permission, if you rent, prior to allowing workers to start working on the home.
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