The Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (Weatherization) is the nation’s core program for delivering energy efficiency services to low-income households. Every year, Weatherization generates significant benefits for low-income families and communities across the nation. Weatherization measures create average annual cost savings of at least $413 per home, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an average of one ton per weatherized house. Weatherization alleviates the high-energy burden faced by low-income Americans, enabling them to gain increased financial independence.
Mission statement: To reduce heating and cooling costs for the low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.
What it is: WAP is a local-state-federal program. It was developed as a national program by the Federal Department of Energy (DOE) in 1976 in response to the oil shortage, to help states and communities help those of low and moderate income have more energy-efficient, safe and healthy homes. It is the nation’s largest residential energy-efficiency program.
What it does: Weatherization does computerized energy audits and uses advanced diagnostic technology to determine the energy-conservation needs of a house, providing among other improvements: weather stripping of doors and windows; caulking and sealing of cracks and holes; insulating of attics, walls and floors; installing of storm windows, energy-saving light bulbs, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; repairing and retrofitting of furnaces, and replacing of energy-wasting refrigerators and electric water heaters.
How it works. In Arkansas, it’s administered by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission—Arkansas Energy Office (AEO) and operated by private, nonprofit community action agencies, and other non-profits. The agencies do the work themselves, or hire contractors to do it, and AEO’s weatherization staff monitors the work.
How it is funded. The budget is made up of funds from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Who it is for: The work is free of charge for those who meet income guidelines. (Guidelines are listed below)
The benefits: The program helps individuals and families have better lives and gain strength in their effort to advance. It makes their homes more secure from weather, which helps them conserve energy and have more income for other basic necessities, including food, medicine, clothing, transportation – DOE estimates it reduces heating bills by 31 percent. It also contributes to the betterment of communities by creating jobs, generating the purchase of goods and services, strengthening housing stock, reducing homelessness, stabilizing neighborhoods and eliminating carbon emissions and the risk of fires.
Definition of household income: Refers to total cash receipts before taxes from all sources. Money, wages and salaries before any deductions; regular payments from Social Security, retirement from all sources, unemployment compensation, strike benefits from union funds, worker’s compensation, veteran’s payments, training stipends, alimony and military family allotments; private pensions, government employee pensions (including military retirement pay), and regular insurance or annuity payment; dividends, interest, net rental income, net royalties, periodic receipts from estates or trusts, and net gambling or lottery winnings.
Proof of income includes copies of payroll checks or check stubs, statement from employer, statement from Employment Office, statement from Social Security Administration or a statement from anyone who is assisting with monthly household bills or other support. If unemployed, a statement from Employment Office with benefit amount or showing you do not have an open claim.
Renters: The landlord must complete a Lessor Agreement. Applicant must complete a Tenant’s rights form. These forms are available from the agency or by clicking here: Lessor Agreement
Arkansas Weatherization Facts
According to DOE the program contributes to:
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Do I have to own my own home to qualify for services?
You do not have to own your own home to qualify. You may qualify whether you own or rent, live in a single family home, duplex or in a mobile home.
Do I have to be a certain age or meet an income guideline to qualify?
While preference is given to persons over 60, persons with disabilities and in some cases, children; if you or anyone in the household receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you are automatically eligible. You may also be eligible for assistance if your income meets the following federally established income guidelines:
|Family Size||Maximum Gross Annual Income|
How do I apply?
If you are a resident of Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Scott, Sebastian or Washington counties you may contact the C-SCDC Weatherization office one of the ways below.
To apply for services or to get additional information on the Weatherization Assistance Program contact:Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council, Inc.
Physical Location: 4831 Armour Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72904
479-785-2303 ext. 111 or 110
or click here to download an application.-Weatherization Application
Renters click here for Lessor Agreement
Weatherization is life-enhancing, and, sometimes, life-saving.
Fern J., 81, of Sheridan, said the carbon monoxide alarm installed in her house saved her life after she’d tried to stay warm from the flames of her kitchen stove.
James A, 52, of Banks, a disabled former construction worker, said, “By the grace of God, I now walk through my house without falling through the floors” and “my children can come to visit.”
Thomas L. of Tyronza, a Navy veteran and Wal-Mart worker, said his older brick house “is a totally different home now: and winter “is not going to be as costly.”