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Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

ADVISORY: As  of January 8, 2021 DOEE's Emergency Mechanical Systems Program (EMS) is now closed, and will no longer be accepting applications. There is currently no waiting list available for this program.

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Health and Human Services, provides low-income residents technical and financial assistance to help reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy-efficient. WAP performs energy audits and installs audit-recommended energy efficiency measures to help families maintain energy-efficient, safe, and healthy homes. In the District, WAP is administered through selected Community-Based Organizations and non-profits that hire local contractors to install the energy efficiency measures recommended by the energy audit.

Typical weatherization measures may include insulation, duct sealing, heating, and cooling systems repairs or replacement, air infiltration mitigation, and installing ENERGY STAR lighting and appliances.

Eligibility for WAP is verified by DOEE’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Once you apply for LIHEAP and indicate your interest in WAP, a DOEE representative will contact you for the next steps. To make an appointment for energy assistance or to address program questions, please call 311.

In addition to installing weatherization measures, DOEE offers assistance to single-family homeowners that have inoperable mechanical systems. Mechanical systems include central air conditioning units, heating systems, hot water tanks, and chimney liners. Please call (202) 299-3316 for program application instructions.

Below is a breakdown of the income eligibility limits at the 60% District state median income level.

Income Guidelines for FY21 (October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021)

Household Size Maximum Annual Income
1 $37,575
2 $49,137
3 $60,698
4 $72.260
5 $83,822
6 $95,383
7 $97,551
8 $99,719

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