Weatherization Assistance Providers and Preservation Companies in New York
Weatherization Assistance Providers
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) assists income-eligible families and individuals living in New York State by reducing their heating and cooling costs and addressing health and safety issues in their homes through energy-efficiency measures. Weatherization services reduce the amount of energy required to heat and cool homes and provide hot water, thus reducing energy consumption while minimizing the impact of higher fuel costs on low-income families.
WAP providers conduct an assessment, or “energy audit,” of the residence to identify specific measures to increase energy efficiency. Based on the results of the energy audit, services may include, but are not limited to, sealing cracks and holes to reduce air infiltration; insulation of attics and walls; heating system repairs or replacement; hot water tank and pipe insulation; installation of energy-efficient lighting and refrigerators; window and outside door repair or replacement; minor repairs to ensure that the installed weatherization materials will perform correctly; and mitigation of energy-related health and safety issues, including indoor air quality improvements, correction of ventilation problems that can lead to mold growth, and identification of lead paint hazards.
WAP providers include community-based not-for-profit organizations, community action agencies, counties, and units of local government which receive funds from NYS Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) to provide weatherization services to New York State residents. Providers work within a specific geographic area, called a service area. The information found through the links above include the name and contact information of each provider, their Web site address (if they have one), and their service area. Click on your county (under “Find Weatherization Providers”) or do an "address search" for WAP providers by entering your street address and/or zip code.
Households with incomes at or below 60% of state median income are eligible for assistance. Program services are available to both homeowners and renters, with priority given to senior citizens, families with children, and persons with disabilities. If a household contains a member who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Public Assistance, Food Stamps, or Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits, the household is automatically eligible for WAP services. Applications are accepted from renters, homeowners, and rental property owners. Both single-family and multi-family buildings are assisted.
For more information and to apply for WAP services, please contact your local WAP provider. For general information about the program, you may also contact the WAP central office in Albany by phone at 518-474-5700 or by e-mail at Weatherization@nyshcr.org, or view WAP information on the HCR Web site at http://www.nyshcr.org/Programs/WeatherizationAssistance/ .
DHCR provides funds to not-for-profit organizations throughout New York State for the purpose of helping New York State residents with their housing needs. The two types of organizations, known collectively as Preservation Companies, are Neighborhood Preservation Companies and Rural Preservation Companies.
Each company works within a specific geographic area called a service area. The information accessible from the links above includes the organization's name, their website address (if they have one), and their service area. Clicking on an organization name will open a new window containing detailed information about the company and the types of services it provides. The Affordable Housing Directory can be used to search for a Community-Based Housing Organization located in a specific geographic area. You can search by county, street address and/or zip code.
Preservation Companies are making a direct impact on the quality of life in the inner cities, towns, villages, and remote rural communities of our state by providing a wide variety or services to low- and middle-income families, the elderly, and persons with special needs. Examples of services provided include, but are not limited to, developing and/or rehabilitating housing, assisting first-time homebuyers, organizing tenant associations, providing tenant assistance, forming community and neighborhood watch programs, developing job training programs, youth mentoring, and organizing community activities. Some Preservation Companies are also Weatherization Assistance Providers and can assist eligible homeowners to improve their home's energy efficiency.