Weatherization Assistance Programs (WAP)
The US Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created in 1976 to assist low-income families who lacked resources to invest in energy efficiency. Funds are used to improve the energy efficiency of low-income homes using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides $5 billion in additional funding to WAP.
WAP is administered in Onslow County by Coastal Community Action, Inc. The program may involve the insulation of attics, floors, walls, water heaters and pipes, duct sealing, and the performance of air sealing with the use of a blower door. Weatherization can result in significant reductions in the energy costs (heating and cooling bills) of low income, elderly and disabled individuals in Onslow County. The program is open to homeowners and renters. To qualify for the program, applicants must have an income not exceeding 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Contact Coastal Community Action at (866) 210-1630 for more information and to apply for the program.
In conjunction with WAP, funding is available under the Heating and Air Repair or Replacement Program (HARRP) for repairing or replacing the primary heating system in the homes of low-income, elderly and disabled individuals. HARRP is administered in concert with WAP and, like WAP, is open to homeowners and renters. To qualify for the program, applicants must have an income not exceeding 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Technical resources for weatherization are available at the WAP Technical Assistance Center.
Coastal Community Action, Inc.303 McQueen AvenueNewport, NC 28570(866) 210-1630