Weatherization Assistance Program
From Ohio Home Weatherization Assistance Program.
What is HWAP?
The Ohio Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) is a no-cost energy assistance program designed to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by income-eligible Ohioans, reduce participants’ household energy expenditures, and improve participants’ health and safety.
HWAP is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and provided to Ohioans at no cost for customers whose annual household income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Ohio’s HWAP is administered through the Ohio Department of Development’s Community Development Division (CDD) and its Office of Community Services (OCS).
Who Benefits From HWAP?
Households at or below the federal poverty guidelines, PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) participants, PIPP eligible households, or households receiving Supplemental Security Income qualify for this no-cost program. After weatherization, households that heat with natural gas reduce space heating consumption by an average of 24.7 percent, and electrically heated homes reduce usage on average of 13 percent. HWAP participants increased the percentage of utility bills that they pay and the rate of disconnections of utility service for this group decreased by 50 percent.
Who Are The Local HWAP Providers?
As provided in the federal regulations, Ohio’s HWAP is carried out by Community Action Agencies and other public and nonprofit entities. A list of the local weatherization providers is available. The web page shows a map of the state. Click on the desired county to see the contact information for the local weatherization provider.
How Do You Apply For Weatherization Services?
An applicant needs to complete the Combined Energy Assistance Application (also known as the Home Energy Assistance Program or HEAP application). The applicant should complete the application, contact the local weatherization provider, and notify the provider of interest in the weatherization services.
The application can also be mailed to the Office of Community Services at 77 South High Street, P.O. Box 1001, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1001. The applicant can access a listing of weatherization providers and request weatherization service from the local provider. Please note the waiting list for assistance (after eligibility has been determined) varies from provider to provider and, in some cases, could be months.
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