The Office of Human Concern (OHC) has expended the FY 2012 funds and will be closing the program and turning it over to another Service Provider in July 2013. You may still pick up and turn applications into our office and we will turn them over to the new service provider. If you are currently on the waiting list, your application will also be given to the new service provider along with all the information you gave to our office.
Who wouldn't like to save money on their utilities? Fuel costs continue to fluctuate. Energy and transportation costs impact everyone's pocketbook. Now there is relief for low-income families through a Department of Energy (DOE).
An energy audit on each eligible house/mobile home to identify where energy is lost through cracks in a wall, little or no insulation, windows and doors that are not air tight just to name a few energy hogs.
When an energy audit is completed, the information is fed into an energy modeling software program that identifies specific energy wastage and remedies to apply. In some cases, homes need insulation, windows and exterior doors. Most need air sealing around window and door frames, door kits and sweeps.
How good is the energy program? Many families claim a warmer/cooler, less drafty house and lower energy bills. Families report that as much as $50-$100 per month is saved.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
DO CERTAIN FAMILIES RECEIVE PROIRITY FOR SERVICES? Yes. Applications are "prioritized" based upon a point system that includes elderly, disabled, families with children, income and condition of home.
IS THERE AN INCOME ELIGIBILITY FOR WEATHERIZATION? Yes, household income must be 200% of Poverty Level Income limit or lower.
Household Monthly Gross Income:
Household Size Maximum Income
Add $623 for each additional person in household.
WHAT HOMES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR WEATHERIZATION? Houses, mobile homes (no travel trailers), own or rent are eligible. Rental requires approval of landlord to do the work. Special limits are on rental units larger than a duplex. Dwellings larger than a 4-plex are not eligible. This is an air infiltration reduction program and not a home remodeling program.
WHAT KIND OF WORK DOES WEATHERIZATION CONDUCT?
Based upon the energy audit and modeling software, a home could receive a mix of these services:
Insulation - Attic, Walls, Floors
Doors - External primarily, repair kits, thresholds or replacement
Windows - Storm or Replacement or glass
Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Compact fluorescent bulbs - Energy savings