The Weatherization Assistance Program annually provides grant funds to community action agencies, local governments, Indian tribes and non-profit agencies to provide specific program services for low-income families of Florida. These entities provide program services throughout the state.
The mission of the program is to reduce the monthly energy burden on low-income households by improving the energy efficiency of the home.
The program is funded each year by the federal Department of Energy and receives supplemental funding from the
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. The extent of services to be provided depends on available funding.
The total household income may not be more than 50 percent above the national poverty level. Preference is given to owner-occupied homes, elderly (60 years-plus) or physically disabled residents, families with children under 12 and households with a high energy burden (repeated high utility bills).
Types of Assistance
- Repair or replace inefficient heating and cooling units
- Address air infiltration with weather stripping, caulking, thresholds, minor repairs to walls, ceilings and floors, and window and door replacement
- Install attic and floor insulation (floors in northern Florida counties only)
- Repair or replace water heaters
- Install solar screens
- Apply solar reflective coating to manufactured homes
- Install attic ventilation
- Low-income families pay an average of 18 percent of their annual income for energy, compared with 5 percent for other households.
- The average energy expenditure in low-income households is $1,267 annually
- As estimated by the U. S. Department of Energy, these services save the weatherization customers an average of $358 annually and return an average of $2.69 in energy and non-energy related benefits for every dollar invested.
Where to Apply For Assistance
To find out where to apply for assistance in your county, use our Community Assistance Local Programs and Contacts List and contact the agency listed under the county in which you live. You can print out a Client Intake Form to complete and, along with income documentation, submit to your local provider agency. The U.S. Department of Energy's website contains additional guidelines and procedures, including income guidelines and definition of income.
Additional Resources and Information
- Download/view a pdf version of this page formatted for printing (2008 Fact Sheet)
- View a presentation on Weatherization Assistance Program Energy Conservation
- Logo Downloads - Download the Weatherization Assistance Logo in various formats
- Related Links
Department of Community Affairs
Division of Housing and Community Development
Weatherization Assistance Program
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100
Norm Gempel (850) 488-7541