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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.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Iowa Weatherization Assistance Program

DES MOINES – Iowans have an opportunity to review and comment on Iowa’s Weatherization Assistance Program proposed Program Year 2023 State Plan.

The Weatherization Program’s mission is to enhance the well-being of low-income residents, particularly those persons who are most vulnerable such as the elderly, those with a disbility, and children, through the installation of energy efficiency and energy-related health and safety measures, thus benefiting households through reduced energy bills, enhanced comfort, and the mitigation of energy-related health risks. The Iowa Department of Human Rights, Division of Community Action Agencies (DCAA) has been designated by the Governor of Iowa to administer Iowa’s Weatherization Assistance Program.

Copies of the proposed Iowa Weatherization Assistance Program Year 2023 State Plan will be available for public viewing at all Iowa Community Action Agencies, the Iowa Community Action Association, and on the DCAA website https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/weatherization from January 30, 2023 through February 9, 2023.

Funds budgeted in this plan are based on 2022 funding levels and will be adjusted when final 2023 allocations are determined. The plan is subject to change based on comments received by the state and regulations from the U.S. Department Energy. Funds may be reallocated as necessary to fully expend the grant award during the budget period.

Written comments regarding the plan will be accepted through February 9, 2023 at 8:00am, emailed to dcaa@iowa.gov with the subject “DOE State Plan Comments”.

The public hearing is being held virtually: February 9, 2023 at 8:30am

Attendees should register by emailing dcaa@iowa.gov.

Verbal comments received during the meeting are limited to 10 minutes per person.

Program Year 2023 State Plan (PDF)