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Weatherize Assistance Program





Consumer Information for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

What the WAP offers individual Texans ("Eligible Activities")

  • Energy audit (a review of your home's energy efficiency, which identifies where air leaks may be occurring, inefficient appliances, etc.)
  • Installation of weatherization measures to increase energy efficiency of a home (see Weatherization Tips)

Who's eligible to participate in the WAP ("Target Populations")?

  • Households at or below 125 percent of federal poverty guidelines.
  • The structure must be able to benefit from being weatherized.

Once the above provisions are met, then priority is given to:

  • Families at or below 125% of the federal poverty guideline.
  • Roughly equivalent to extremely low- to very low-income households (0-60 percent of the area median family income)
  • Households with small children (under the age of 6).
  • Households with the highest energy cost and lowest income.
  • Households with an elderly resident.
  • Households with a disabled resident.

These are priority groups but other low income may be eligible.

Significant program features

  • Available in every county
  • Not an "entitlement" program, which means that:
    • One must apply for the assistance
    • The assistance is not limitless (there are caps for individual assistance)
    • The assistance is determined on a case by case basis.

How the program works

The WAP is administered through 36 subgrantees (entities who provide the energy assistance services on a local level), which collectively cover all 254 counties of the state. These subgrantees are:

  • Community Action Agencies
  • Nonprofits
  • Local Councils of Government (COGs)
  • Units of local government

How to apply for WAP assistance

To locate the local WAP service provider (subgrantee) nearest you, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., toll free at (888) 606-8889.

Weatherization Tips

  • Install storm windows, or add caulking or sealant to existing windows to reduce the infiltration of cold air in the winter and warm air in the summer.
  • Close drapes or blinds and lock windows to ensure a tight seal.
  • Weather-strip the perimeter of exterior doors.
  • Install insulation in your attic, walls (where accessible), and floors.
  • Set water heater to 120 degrees and add an insulation blanket to the unit (check the manufacturer's label for important information).
  • Add insulation to water pipes.
  • Install low flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
  • Use conservation showerheads to eliminate hot water waste.
  • Install dampers in chimneys
  • Replace filters in heating and cooling systems on a monthly basis.
  • Check the direction of ceiling fans: in the winter, set fans to move air downward (counterclockwise); in the summer, set fans to move air upward (clockwise)
  • Close the damper on fireplaces (when not in use) or add glass doors.
  • Remove furniture and carpeting from heater vents to ensure proper circulation.
  • Adjust the thermostat to slightly lower temperatures in the winter and slightly higher temperatures in the summer when your family is sleeping or away from the home.
  • Replace old appliances with new energy efficient models. Look for the EnergyStar label.
  • Install Compact Florescent Light (CFL) bulbs

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, some people who have weatherized their home have saved an average of $300 in annual utility costs while adding an estimated $1,000 to the value of their home.

Public Input

TDHCA holds a public hearing each year to solicit public comment on the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Comments on the WAP are also encouraged and received at the Department's annual State Low Income Housing Plan hearings.

It is also a policy of the Department to hold a public hearing prior to any major policy changes. Additionally, the majority of the local providers that distribute WAP funds are Community Action Agencies who must have a fair representation of the community on their board of directors. The local agencies are responsible for outreach and targeting.

Subgrantee information for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

How to become a WAP subgrantee

The original eligible subgrantees were those agencies who were funded under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. These entities will continue to be funded unless poor performance causes the termination of the contract or an entity voluntarily relinquishes the contract. Replacement agencies may be other community action agencies, other 501(c)(3) nonprofits, entities of local governments, or councils of governments. The TDHCA may solicit new subgrantees through the request For Proposals (RFP) process posted in the Texas Register.

Eligible applicants

  • Units of local government,
  • Community Action Agencies,
  • Local Councils of Government (COGs), and
  • Other nonprofit community-based organizations

For more information contact TDHCA's Energy Assistance Division at 512-475-3864.

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