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Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)




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Total Annual Award

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awards funding to states on a yearly basis and states can include other funding streams into their total weatherization amount. In 2016, over $20 million was awarded to projects in NYC.

Tenant Eligibility Criteria

Low-income households.

Eligible Applicants

Residential buildings in which 50% or more of the households earn less than 60% of the state median income (SMI).

Funding Award Details

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.

Amount Details

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.


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.

Network Notes

Any building weatherized after 1994 cannot be weatherized again.

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).

For More Information

Visit HCR's webpage for the Weatherization Assistance Program.

Local weatherization providers can be found through HCR's website.

Last updated: 09/22/2017

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