Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) assists income-eligible families and individuals by reducing their heating/cooling costs and improving
the safety of their homes through energy efficiency measures. The maximum amount of assistance is limited to $6,500 per unit.
New York State has the largest WAP in the country. The WAP is administered by the Division of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR), a State Agency responsible for the supervision, maintenance and development of affordable low- and moderate-income housing.
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Income Eligibility Limits
Households with incomes at or below 60% of state median income are eligible for assistance. Program services are available to both homeowners and renters, with priority given to senior citizens, families with children and persons with disabilities.
Eligible Area and Assistance Providers
All parts of the State are eligible. Every county, village, town and neighborhood is served by a local Weatherization Assistance Provider.
Weatherization Assistance Providers are not-for-profit organizations which receive funds from DHCR to provide weatherization assistance services to eligible New York State residents
Weatherization Assistance Providers perform an energy audit of the home or apartment to identify specific measures to increase energy
efficiency. Based on the results of the energy audit, they may provide some or all of the following services: weatherstripping and
caulking around doors and windows; cleaning, testing, repairs, or replacement of heating systems; replacement or repair of storm windows;
replacement or repair of broken windows and/or outside doors; addition of insulation to walls or ceilings; and, mitigation of health and
safety concerns, including indoor air quality improvements, correction of ventilation problems that can lead to mold growth, and
identification of lead paint hazards.
Additional services may also include other energy-related improvements such as: water heater repair/replacement, roof repair/replacement, chimney repairs, lighting fixture replacement, venting systems, heating distribution system replacement, refrigerator replacement, installation of GFIC outlets, and electrical service upgrade, where indicated by an energy audit and an inspection of the unit.
Apply for AssistanceTo apply for Weatherization assistance in Schenectady County please contact Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (serves both Schenectady & Saratoga Counties) by email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or application requests, or:
• Visit main office at 40 New Street in Saratoga Springs. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM-4PM.
• Call 587-3158 x117.
• Visit satellite office at Schenectady County Community Action, 913 Albany St., Schenectady. This office is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30AM - 4PM.
• Call 587-374-2221.
Weatherization assistance providers can assist eligible homeowners and owners of rental properties with measures to improve energy efficiency including:
- • an energy audit of the home to identify specific needs;
- • weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows;
- • cleaning, testing, repairs, or replacement of heating systems;
- • replacement or repair of storm windows;
- • replacement or repair of broken windows and/or outside doors;
- • addition of insulation to walls or ceilings;
- • mitigation of health and safety concerns, in particular assure that all dwelling units receive smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Weatherization Services may also include other energy-related improvements such as: water heater repair/replacement, roof repair/replacement, chimney repairs, lighting fixture replacement, venting systems, heating distribution system replacement, refrigerator replacement, installation of GFIC outlets, and electrical service upgrade.
It's a win-win. Weatherization reduces your energy bill and creates green jobs