Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
WAP Mission: To reduce energy costs for low-income families, particularly the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of homes while ensuring health and safety.
What is WAP? – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created in 1976 to assist low-income families lacking resources for energy efficiency improvements. The program is operated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Native American tribes, and U.S. Territories. Grant funds are used for improving the energy efficiency of low-income homes using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols. Weatherization decreases energy costs to families in need while addressing health and safety by improving the indoor air quality (IAQ) of the home. The resulting savings and energy conservation nationwide lowers US dependence on foreign oil.
CARPDC partners with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs – Energy Division (ADECA-ED) Weatherization Department to administer the WAP for Lee, Macon, and Russell Counties. We also partner with the Montgomery County Commission to administer the WAP for Montgomery County. Weatherization measures are used to upgrade a home’s efficiency resulting in lower utility costs and increased comfort to the client.
Who is Eligible? – The primary factor affecting eligibility in the State of Alabama is income. Eligible income must fall below “200% poverty level” of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. Other qualifying factors which affect need are assigned as “priority” points according to Department of Energy guidelines for the program:
- People over 60 years of age
- Families with one or more members with a disability
- Families with children (below 19 years of age)
- Homes with high energy burden (usually mobile homes)
Where is WAP available? All Counties in Alabama receive Weatherization assistance. CARPDC Weatherization services Macon, Montgomery, Lee, and Russell Counties. The Toll-free number for the Weatherization Office is 1-866-780-4945. Other agencies in the Alabama Weatherization Association (AWA) can be located HERE. Once there, click the “Agency Finder” tab and use the “Agency Map” to see which agency services your County. Contact information is available there for every WAP agency in the State. Extensive information for the overall program may be found on the Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center (WAPTAC) national website.
How many homes have received assistance? From 2004-08 CARPDC received approximately $1.1 million in DOE and HHS funds servicing over 300 homes in the four county service area. From 2009 to present CARPDC has administered more than $7.8 million dollars assisting nearly 1000 families. This increase from an average of 75 families assisted per year to some 260 families assisted per year was due in large measure to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. However, with stimulus contracts now completed, future funding for the WAP in Alabama looks to return to pre 2007 levels servicing less than forty families per year in the four county area.
For Macon, Montgomery, Lee, and Russell County residents, please see links to application and application letter above. For residents of all other Counties, please contact ADECA-ED, Weatherization Department.
For further information please email Donny Barber, Weatherization Program Manager or call 334-262-4300.