The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is yet another benefit program residents of Southwest can apply for at Southwest CDC. The WAP has a similar purpose to the other energy-related programs – like LIHEAP & Crisis – “to keep everyone safe in their homes.” Although they share this purpose, there are distinct differences between them.
LIHEAP and Crisis are seasonal and only used for heating. However, the WAP program is year round. The WAP also actually makes repairs to the house they are working on.
Applicants that wish to apply for the WAP must submit an extensive list of paperwork required by the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA). An appeal form, property owner release form, proof of ownership, and copies of current utility bills are just a few of the documents needed to apply. “Applicants must have all of the things on the list, and then I can help them apply,” Nanzetta Bostick at Southwest CDC, stated.
The WAP program’s goal is to allow low income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes energy efficient. “The repairs that the ECA wants to come in and do are all to try to help people in their homes,” Nanzetta said.
ECA sends out inspectors to the homes to assess what improvements the house may need. For example, some homes are not properly insulated, and hot or cold air can seep out of doors and windows. After the inspection, funds provided by the U.S. Department of Energy are used by ECA to improve the energy performance of those dwellings in need, utilizing the most advanced technologies and testing procedures available.
For more information, contact Nannzetta at 215-729-3293 or email at Nanzetta@southwestcdc.org.