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Yes we can weatherize rental units, but we have to have the approval of the landlord. And it depends on what type of residential building the client lives in. Single family rental homes, and duplexes we can weatherize without many additional restrictions. Note that for duplexes or other 'multi-unit' rental properties all residents must apply to the program at the same time, though not all residents of the property need to be eligible to receive help. Any large multi unit establishments trigger a few extra requirements which make it much harder to accomplish.
Note: The Department of Energy Regulations restrict the weatherization of 4 story or larger buildings.
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Your household must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level to qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program. Income eligibility is established based on the previous 3 months income for the household.
Add $8,960 for each additional household member.
If a member of the household receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), State Disability Assistance (SDA), cash benefits through the Family Independence Program (FIP) then the applicant is automatically eligible for Weatherization. Receipt of any of these benefits within the previous 3 months makes an applicant eligible. We will need documentation of those benefits, and also documentation of any other income that the applicant may have.
The program is designed to perform energy saving repairs and measures. This can include but is not limited to:
We do not do any plumbing or electrical work. We do not install wheel chair ramps, fix gutters, repair steps, or address mold issues. All of our repairs must address energy concerns to be allowed.
The Weatherization program does not replace very many windows, only windows that are in the worst shape would even be considered. All windows are evaluated during the pre-inspection but, as an energy saving measure, new windows are very over rated.
In some cases we are able to do roof repairs if it allows us to perform other energy saving repairs such as adding attic insulation. It is however very rare and contingent on the availability of funds for the program to do a roof replacement. The need for a roof work can only be determined during the inspection, so it is beneficial to apply to the program (PDF) if you would like to have your roof evaluated.
In some cases but only after the inspection takes place. If the applicant is without heat or hot water we will make our best effort to inspect the home quickly but will still need a completed application (PDF) with all required documentation before we can proceed.
Mobile homes are eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program. Due to a required "savings to investment ratio," our grant requirements may mean that it is more difficult to move forward with improvements on a mobile home. However, we do our best to make sure that we can serve as many households as possible. Please contact us so we can determine how to best serve your household.
We are able to replace a refrigerator. That decision is made based on the initial inspection which will determine the condition and current energy usage of the refrigerator. If we determine that we can replace the refrigerator we will order one and a delivery company will arrange with the client to deliver it to the house and remove the older unit. It is a one for one replacement. We remove the old unit and replace it with a basic white energy star rated model with a freezer on top. We make sure it is a comparable size, but do not install ice makers, side by sides, or any other luxury items.
If the house was weatherized 15 years ago or more, then you may apply to receive weatherization services again. For instance in 2021 a home that was weatherized in 2006 or earlier can receive weatherization services again.
In order to determine eligibility the applicant must fill out a complete application. They also need to provide:
More documentation is better when it comes to an applicant. However, we do not need 3 months worth of documents. We can work with: