The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) annually provides grant funds to community action agencies, local governments, Indian tribes and non-profit agencies to provide specific program services for low-income families of Florida. These entities provide program services throughout the state.
The mission of the program is to reduce the monthly energy burden on low-income households by improving the energy efficiency of the home.
The program is funded each year by the United States Department of Energy and receives supplemental funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The extent of services to be provided depends on available funding.
The total household income may not be more than 200 percent above the national poverty level. Preference is given to elderly (60 years-plus) or physically disabled residents, families with children under 12 and households with a high energy burden (repeated high utility bills).
Types of Assistance
- Address air infiltration with weather stripping, caulking, thresholds, minor repairs to walls, ceilings and floors, and window and door replacement
- Install attic and floor insulation (floors in northern Florida counties only)
- Install attic ventilation
- Apply solar reflective coating to manufactured homes
- Install solar screens
- Repair or replace inefficient heating and cooling units
- Repair or replace water heaters
How to Apply For Assistance
- Low-income families pay an average of 18-percent of their annual income for energy, compared with five-percent for other households.
- The average energy expenditure in low-income households is $1,267 annually
- As estimated by the United States Department of Energy, these services save the weatherization customers an average of $358 annually and return an average of $2.69 in energy and non-energy related benefits for every dollar invested.
Supporting Documents and References
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