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:
- Serves 27 counties in south central Nebraska
- Administers 2 Contracts from the Nebraska Energy Office (NEO), the Department of Energy (DOE) contract and the Low Income Energy Assistance contract (LIHEAP).
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)
2016 POVERTY INCOME GUIDELINES
CONTIGUOUS STATES U.S. GRANTEES
EFFECTIVE January 25, 2017
Size of Family Unit
For families with more than 8 persons, 200% of poverty level increases $8,360 for each individual person.
- 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
- Owners and Renters (with/landlord permission) – Frame and Mobile
- Referrals by Mid Community Service Coordinators
- Waiting list
- Initial inspection (Back draft test, CO test, efficiency inspection & National Energy Audit info)
- Work completed by contractor or crew – annual bid basis – $7,105 average/home for material & labor
- Provide insulation and seal direct penetrations
- Final inspection by Mid (Backdraft & CO test) and 10 – 50% monitored by NEO
- Energy news and energy savings videos are available at: http://nebraskaenergyassistance.com.
Currently, no funding is available for Housing Rehabilitation projects.
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
- Eligible 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:
- 100% of the area median income
- Property must be below the Nebraska Department of Economic Development Housing Rehab Standards
Occupied Rehabilitation (OOR) projects – No funds for OOR are currently available.
Mid is an Equal Housing Opportunity Agency