Weatherization

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

Mission: to reduce energy costs for low-income families, particularly the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, while safeguarding their health and safety.

The WAP makes it possible for low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills. Contractors or crews install energy efficiency measures in homes occupied by qualifying low-income families free of charge. These are not expensive upgrades – the average cost is $7,105 per home. By reducing the energy bills of low-income families instead of offering aid, WAP reduces dependency & frees up funds for spending on more pressing family issues.

The Weatherization Program at Mid:

Weatherization may include

  • furnace & water heater inspection (if found unsafe can be repaired or replaced)
  • adding insulation in attics and walls
  • attic ventilation
  • insulating crawl spaces
  • installing water heater jackets
  • insulating water heater pipes
  • weather-stripping & caulking around doors, windows, and general heat waste areas
  • repairing broken windows and doors (possibly replacing them, if determined cost effective by the National Energy Audit)

Weatherization Qualifications:

2016 POVERTY INCOME GUIDELINES

CONTIGUOUS STATES U.S. GRANTEES

EFFECTIVE January 25, 2017

INCOME LEVELS

Size of Family Unit

200%
1 $24,120
2 $32,480
3 $40,840
4 $49,200
5 $57,560
6 $65,920
7 $74,280
8 $82,640

For families with more than 8 persons, 200% of poverty level increases $8,360 for each individual person.

  1. Households are served by priority:
    • Persons 60 years of age or older
    • Persons with disabilities
    • Household with children less than the age of six
    • High residential energy users
    • Households with a high energy burden
    • All other low income
  2. Owners and Renters (with/landlord permission) – Frame and Mobile

Procedure:

  1. Referrals by Mid Community Service Coordinators
  2. Waiting list
  3. Initial inspection (Back draft test, CO test, efficiency inspection & National Energy Audit info)
  4. Work completed by contractor or crew – annual bid basis – $7,105 average/home for material & labor
  5. Provide insulation and seal direct penetrations
  6. Final inspection by Mid (Backdraft & CO test) and 10 – 50% monitored by NEO
  7. Energy news and energy savings videos are available at: http://nebraskaenergyassistance.com.

Housing Rehab

Housing Rehabilitation Mission: Promote an adequate supply of quality, affordable, appropriate housing for low-and-moderate income individuals, families, and homeowners, including persons with special housing needs

Housing Rehabilitation at Mid: Click on link for Program Guidelines

  • Improvements include:
    • Health and safety measures – unsafe heating systems or electric wiring; egress;
    • Energy saving measures – insulation, primary & storm windows; doors
    • Structural measures – foundations; roofs; stairs;
    • Mechanical upgrades – modernization of plumbing, electrical, furnace

Housing Rehabilitation Qualifications:

  1. 100% of the area median income
  2. Property must be below the Nebraska Department of Economic Development Housing Rehab Standards

Procedure:

Homeowner must complete:

After the forms are completed, the following applies:

  1. Homeowner is placed on a waiting list
  2. Homeowner provides documentation for the application
  3. Initial inspection conducted
  4. Agency assists homeowner with procurement of a qualified contractor
  5. Work is completed by the contractor selected by the homeowner
  6. Final inspection by Mid

Current Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation (OOR) projects:

  • No funds for OOR are currently available.

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Mid is an Equal Housing Opportunity Agency