Weatherization Assistance Program
Program Criteria: How Funds are Distributed in New Jersey
Total Stimulus Appropriation: $5,000,000,000
New Jersey Weatherization: $118.82 million for program distribution and administration; including approximately $22.8 million for training and technical assistance.
Allocation Method: New Jersey received its share based on a federal formula
Federal Agency: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Program Overview
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides income-qualified residents with services that reduce household energy use and costs by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety. Low income families will save an average of $413 in reduced first-year energy costs, at current prices.

The NJ Weatherization Assistance Program contracts with a network of community based organizations that deliver weatherization throughout the State. For more information on the Weatherization Assistance Program call the Energy Assistance Unit at 1-800-510-3102.

Federal Requirements and Restrictions
Only local governments or 501 (c) 3 non-profit organizations are eligible to apply to become a Weatherization Assistance Program.

Grantees are refunded every year unless removed for cause. The program currently funds 22 grantees.

Under the existing program, states must submit an annual application to the DOE requesting available funds and identifying the number of dwelling units to be weatherized, relevant climate conditions, and other factors.

New Jersey must certify to DOE that it has: (1) established a broadly representative policy advisory council with appropriate qualifications to channel funding for weatherization projects; (2) established priorities to govern the provision of weatherization assistance to low-income persons, and established methods to prioritize assistance to elderly and handicapped low-income persons; and (3) has selected nonprofits and other agencies to undertake weatherization activities in an open, public process.
Program Eligibility
The program assists low income individuals and families whose total household income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment act increases the maximum assistance level per housing unit from to $6,500.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who provides Weatherization Services?
A: The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) contracts with a network of local, community-based agencies that deliver weatherization services throughout the state. For more information on DCA’s energy programs, call the Energy Assistance Unit at 1-800-510-3102.

Q: What does the Weatherization Program do? 
A: Weatherization performs energy audit analysis on residential homes to maximize and determine its energy efficiency. Where needed, the program will repair, caulk and weather-strip windows and doors, wrap hot water tanks and pipes with insulation, stop drafts by sealing areas of air infiltration, install low flow showerheads and faucet aerators, clean, tune and make minor repairs to your heating system and when funding permits, make major repairs or replace entire systems. The program also insulates attics, walls and floors, replaces light bulbs with high efficient CFL’s, and provides instruction on simple techniques that can help save money on a household’s energy bills.

Q: Who is eligible for Weatherization?
A: The State of New Jersey Weatherization Assistance Program is designed to provide weatherization services to low-income households, which is determined via formula using the gross household income and the number of household members.  
Priority is given to elderly and disabled residents and households with infant children.


Q: How much will these services cost me? 
A: There is no charge to our program eligible household members.

Q: How will these program funds help New Jersey?
  1. The Weatherization Assistance Program training provides jobs to persons interested in becoming weatherization technicians.

  2. Helps expand businesses and/or create new businesses in the energy conservation field.

  3. Helps existing business that produce the equipment and supplies needed to weatherize homes such as trucks, insulation, light bulbs, refrigerators, windows, doors and caulking.

  4. Helps low income households lower energy consumption, decrease utility bills and improve health and safety at home, thus allowing them to use their resources for other needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, education and/or healthcare.

  5. Reduces energy demand thereby decreasing the environmental impacts of energy production.

  6. Has a positive effect on reducing the overall carbon footprint of the state.
Q: What is the time frame for the expenditure of these funds?
A: 75% of the stimulus funds must be spent on weatherizing homes by July 2010.

For more information, please visit New Jersey Department of Community’s Affairs website at: http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/eap.html#3 Information is also available on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website at: http://www.energy.gov/recovery/