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Yes, we can weatherize rental units (single family up to a 4 Plex), but we have to have the approval of the landlord. Note that for duplexes to 4 Plex properties all residents must apply to the program at the same time, though not all residents of the property need to be eligible to receive help.
Note: The Department of Energy Regulations restrict the weatherization of 4 story or larger buildings.
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Your household must be at or below 80% AMI of the federal poverty level to qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program. Income eligibility is established based on the previous 3 months income for the household.
UPDATE: 06/30/23 ~~ Income guidelines for the Weatherization program have been updated recently. The income limit has approximately doubled. Call 734-544-3008 for exact details to see if you might qualify under these new eligibility limits.
Add $9,450 for each additional household member.
If a member of the household receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), State Disability Assistance (SDA), cash benefits through the Family Independence Program (FIP) then the applicant is automatically eligible for Weatherization. Receipt of any of these benefits within the previous 3 months makes an applicant eligible. We will need documentation of those benefits, and also documentation of any other income that the applicant may have.
The program is designed to perform energy saving repairs and measures. This can include but is not limited to:
We do not do any plumbing or electrical work. We do not install wheelchair ramps, fix gutters, repair steps, replace windows or address other issues unrelated to energy savings.
The application process may take up to three months. We have many new applicants and a detailed application review process has to be completed before you can be approved or denied. After approval, it can take up to 6 months or more before the project begins.
The Weatherization program does not replace windows. As an energy saving measure, new windows generally do not provide good energy savings.
In some cases we are able to do roof repairs if it allows us to perform other energy saving repairs such as adding attic insulation. It is however very rare and contingent on the availability of funds for the program to do a roof replacement. The need for a roof work can only be determined during the inspection, so it is beneficial to apply to the program if you would like to have your roof evaluated.
In some cases but only after the inspection takes place. If the applicant is without heat or hot water we will make our best effort to inspect the home quickly but will still need a completed application (PDF) with all required documentation before we can proceed.
Yes, but due to a required "savings to investment ratio," our grant requirements may mean that it is more difficult to move forward with improvements on a mobile home. A copy of the mobile home title must be submitted as proof of ownership. Please contact us so we can determine how to best serve your household.
We are able to replace a refrigerator. That decision is made based on the initial inspection which will determine the condition and current energy usage of the refrigerator. If we determine that we can replace the refrigerator we will order one and a delivery company will arrange with the client to deliver it to the house and remove the older unit. It is a one for one replacement. We remove the old unit and replace it with a basic white energy star rated model with a freezer on top. We make sure it is a comparable size, but do not install ice makers, side by sides, or any other luxury items.
Yes, clients are eligible to apply every 15 years.
In order to determine eligibility, the applicant must fill out a complete application. They also need to provide:
More documentation is better when it comes to an applicant. However, we do not need 3 months worth of documents. We can work with: