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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.

Click here to learn more about DHCR and other low-income assistance programs.

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 Assistance

To apply for Weatherization assistance in the City of Rochester, visit Monroe County's Weatherization Assistance Provider ACTION FOR A BETTER COMMUNITY website or here for contact information.

If you live in Monroe County outside the City of Rochester, apply for Weatherization assistance in Monroe County's Weatherization Assistance Provider Pathstone website

Why Weatherize?

It's a win-win. Weatherization reduces your energy bill and creates green jobs