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Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

The Weatherization Assistance Program (Weatherization) is a federal grant program established to help reduce the heating and cooling costs for low income persons, particularly the elderly, disabled, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, thereby reducing the households’ energy bills. The program also improves the health and safety of low-income homes. Weatherization has grown from a program in the 1970's that used volunteers to install low cost, temporary measures, to a program using trained workers to install permanent, cost effective measures that address both the energy efficiency and health and safety of the dwelling.

The installation of energy efficiency measures for each dwelling is based on a computerized energy audit which determines the cost effectiveness of each measure. Energy efficiency measures include high density wall and attic insulation and blower door - guided infiltration reduction. Because the weatherization procedures result in "tightening" homes, indoor air quality and other client health and safety issues are also addressed. Health and safety measures include safety checks of all combustion appliances.

Besides the obvious benefit of conserving energy, the Iowa Weatherization Assistance Program also provides other benefits to Iowa and its residents. The program results in millions of dollars of additional value added to the Iowa economy. The program also solves certain health and safety problems in the client's homes, maintains affordable housing for low-income persons, reduces utility averages, and reduces environmental pollution.

Individuals may apply for the program year-round at the local Community Action Agency outreach office (map) in their county.  You may also contact us, or search our staff listing for more information.

The Division of Community Action Agencies will conduct a public hearing on the 2018 Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan on February 19, 2018. The hearing will be held at 8:30 am in Conference Room 208 located on the second floor of the Lucas State Office Building, 321 East 12th, Des Moines, Iowa.

Funds budgeted in this plan are based on 2016 funding levels and will be adjusted when final 2018 allocations are determined. Copies of the plan are available at the Division of Community Action Agencies, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, at all Iowa Community Action Agencies or on the website: 

Comments may be submitted in writing or by oral presentation. Written comments must be submitted to the Division of Community Action Agencies no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 16, 2018. Oral comments should be accompanied by a written statement. Those who register in advance to make oral comments will be heard first, or at a reserved time. Others wishing to speak will be heard, if time permits. Register to make an oral presentation with the Division of Community Action Agencies, at the Lucas State Office Building address, Attention: Gwen Howe, or by calling 515-281-3988.

Comments received will be considered before the plan is submitted to the U. S. Department of Energy for its approval.

2018 Weatherization State Plan Public Notice
2018 Weatherization State Plan - DRAFT