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8/19/2010 Vol. , Issue 9 Contact Us
MAJOR ISSUES

WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WAP)


 

Do you want to save money every month? Have you considered reducing your monthly energy consumption as a way to increase your savings? If so, then you should check out one of the City’s newest programs -- The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). If you qualify, the program will be at NO COST to you. Yes, you read correctly. The program is FREE to eligible homeowners and renters. Now that’s a great deal worth considering!

So what exactly is the WAP?
The EP WAP is a federally-funded program that is administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) and the City of El Paso to assist low-income families (especially the elderly, people with disabilities, and children) reduce their household energy consumption by improving their dwelling’s energy efficiency. This is known as ‘weatherizing’ your home.
 
What is weatherization? Weatherization is the practice of protecting a building (such as a house) and its interior from the elements, particularly from sunlight, heat, cold, precipitation, and wind. This is usually accomplished by modifying and optimizing the energy efficiency of the home to reduce the home’s energy consumption, which includes but is not limited to:

· Adding weather-stripping around the doors
· Replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient light bulbs
· Applying window caulking
· Replacement of certain types of irreparable or inefficient appliances
· Adding attic and wall insulation
· Repairing broken window panes
 
What kinds of residential units qualify for the program?
· Single homes
· Condominiums
· Duplexes
· Mobile Homes
· Multi-family homes including apartment buildings with 5+ units
· Rental Units
 
Can you tell me what is required to receive service? There are two conditions that must be met in order for you to qualify for this program: 1) your household income must be at or below 200% of the area’s poverty income level as established by the federal government; and 2) you must live within the city limits of El Paso.
 
Here is the income eligibility table at 200%:

2009 Poverty Level Guidelines

Family Size

200% Monthly

200% Annually

1

1,805.00

$21,660.00

2

$2,428.33

$29,140.00

3

$3,051.67

$36,620.00

4

$3,675.00

$44,100.00

5

$4,298.33

$51,580.00

6

$4,921.67

$59,060.00

7

$5,545.00

$66,540.00

8

$6,168.33

$74,020.00


To qualify for this program, all household members employed must have a combined gross income that does not exceed the amounts listed in the table above.
 
You will also be required to provide the following:
· Proof of income for each household member 18 years or older for the last 30 days;
· Copies of current identification for each household member;
· Copy of recent electric bill;
· Copy of recent gas bill;
· Signatures on all appropriate forms in the application packet.

How Do I Sign Up?
The process to register for the EP WAP is simple.
Fill out the application, available at www.ci.el-paso.tx.us/commdev/weatherization.asp;
Sign all appropriate forms in the application;
Bring or send completed application with required documents to the City of El Paso.
Once we receive your application, we will determine and confirm your eligibility by using the criteria listed in the application. It is important to note that in some cases we may require additional documentation to determine eligibility.

What improvements will be made to my home?
Improvements to the home are governed by two things: 1) an initial assessment of the home that will be conducted by the City of El Paso, and 2) the expenditure limit that has been imposed by the federal government per unit. The initial assessment will determine the weatherization improvement priorities of the home. Improvements made to the home will be based on that priority list, and the aggregate improvements cannot exceed $6,500 per unit, which includes costs for labor, materials and inspections. Participating homeowners should also be aware that the homeowner does not
 
determine what improvements will be made to their home. All improvements, as mentioned earlier, will be dependent and determined by the initial assessment.

Here is a sample of allowable expenditures for your home under the El Paso WAP:
· Installation of ceiling, wall, and floor insulation,
· Replacement of appliances and heating and cooling units with energy efficient items,
· Measures to reduce air filtration: replacement of doors, repairing of windows, repairing of holes, and caulking, etc.
· Weatherization materials and labor for heating and cooling system tune-ups, repairs, modification, or replacements if such will result in improved energy efficiency.
· New electronic thermostats (SMART thermostats

For more information:
Weatherization Assistance Program
City Hall- 8th Floor
Monday - Thursday
7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
(915) 541– 4244




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