The NYS Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) assists income-eligible homeowners and renters by reducing heating and cooling costs through energy-conservation upgrades.
Tenant Eligibility Criteria
Owners of residential buildings in which 50% or more of the households earn less than 60% of the state median income (SMI).
A maximum of $6,500 per unit, including all costs (administration, energy audit, construction management, construction and inspection). Construction cost is typically $3,000-$4,000 per unit.
Any building weatherized after 1994 cannot be weatherized again.
A weatherization assistance grant goes directly into the building in the form of construction services. No funds are directly received by the building owner. The WAP provider procures, through an HCR-approved bidding process, a contractor who it pays directly for a scope of work that is agreed to by the owner.
Projects that receive WAP funding are also eligible for other energy efficiency programs such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Multifamily Performance Program (MPP) and Con Edison Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program (MEEP).
HCR contracts with local weatherization subgrantee agencies to deliver weatherization services. The subgrantee prepares an energy audit and provides 75% of construction costs for energy efficiency measures determined by the audit. The building owner is expected to invest 25% of construction cost, which can consist of in-kind capital improvements that are completed within one year of a WAP project. Owner's match waivers are also occasionally possible per HCR approval.
For More Information
Visit HCR's webpage for the Weatherization Assistance Program.
Local weatherization providers can be found through HCR's website.
Last updated: 08/29/2019