Weatherization Assistance Program (NY)

Overview

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) helps low-income households – particularly the elderly, people with disabilities, and children – to reduce their energy use and costs by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and ensuring their health and safety. The program is administered by the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYSHCR), and funded annually by the U.S. Department of Energy.  WAP also receives funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LI-HEAP) funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  By making their homes more energy efficient, these dollars help to lower the household’s energy bills for many years to come, not just with a one-time infusion of cash.

The Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. provides weatherization services to low income families in the South Bronx and sections of Queens under contract with NYSHCR.

Program Eligibility

The owner of the house/building must fill out an application and households residing in at least fifty percent of the units must meet income guidelines. After approval of the application AEA conducts a comprehensive professional building analysis of the applicant’s home or building, and based on that analysis and the funds available, installs cost-effective weatherization measures. Certain measures are installed directly by AEA’s experienced crews. Others are installed by qualified contractors selected through a rigorous competitive bidding process and subject to program oversight and quality control inspections by both AEA and the State.

Eligible Measures

The measures which may be indicated by the building analysis fall into five major categories:

Heating efficiency measures

These measures are designed to improve the operation of the system which delivers heat to the dwelling unit and may include a cleaning and tuning of the furnace or boiler, repairs, modifications and replacements, as needed.  Also included in this category is work on the distribution system that brings heat to the unit.  To ensure safety and quality, multifamily buildings in the downstate New York region that upgrade heating systems with WAP funding must appear on the current master list of Clean Boilers Contractors maintained by AEA.

Infiltration measures

These are measures designed to keep warm air in and cold air out.

Conduction measures

These are insulation measures designed to reduce the conduction of heat from the interior to the exterior of the unit.

Repairs

This category includes any repairs that may be needed to preserve or protect the weatherization materials installed.

Health and Safety

These are measures designed to reduce health and safety hazards or to notify residents of their presence.

ATTENTION CONTRACTORS:

A large portion of the Weatherization measures installed in multifamily buildings and small homes is competitively bid to local contractors. If you would like for your firm to be added to AEA’s bidders’ list for Weatherization work in the Bronx or Queens, NY, please contact our Weatherization Director, Francis Rodriguez (see below). New York State-certified Minority and Women-owned businesses are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

For more information about WAP contact Francis Rodriguez at 718.292.6733, ext. 211 or frodriguez@aea.us.org.

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