Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

The Weatherization Assistance Program helps eligible low-income households lower their energy costs by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety. Priority is given to homeowners who are elderly, disabled and families with children and/or who have the highest energy consumption. Eligible renters may also apply.

Maryland’s network of 18 local governments and nonprofit organizations will receive $61.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for such items as improvements to hot water systems, lighting retrofits, insulation in the attic, floors and walls and to clean and tune the furnace.

Eligibility

In order to be considered eligible, a household must meet certain income criteria and be able to prove ownership of the home. (In the case of a rental unit, a customer's landlord must prove ownership and agree to participate and invest.) We no longer require the landlord to invest, except in cases of major capital improvements (and where funds are available), such as for furnace replacements. Eligible households are those whose combined household income is less than 200% of the Federal Poverty level, as determined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. An income eligibility table is below.

Priority is given to homeowners who are elderly, disabled and families with children and/or those who have the highest energy consumption.

For more information, call 1-800-638-7781. Click here for Additional Information on the Weatherization Assistance Program including contacts for local weatherization agencies, or download a Program Brochure. 

Current Income Eligibility Limits
Family Size Monthly Income Annualized Income
1 $2,520 $30,249
2 $3,296 $39,556
3 $4,072 $48,864
4 $4,847 $58,171
5 $5,623 $67,479
6 $6,398 $76,786
7 $7,174 $86,093
8 $7,950 $95,400
Each additional person add $ 775 $9,307

ARRA Three-Year Weatherization Program Goals

  • Weatherize 6800 Units
  • Create 150 local jobs

Energy Assistance Program

Benefits of Weatherization

  • Low income families will save an average of $413 in reduced first-year energy costs, at current prices. Additional benefits include:
  • A reduction in energy demand decreases the environmental impacts of energy production
  • Improved health and safety conditions
  • Increased comfort for occupants
  • Extended lifetime of affordable housing.

Source: Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center