Directory of New York City Affordable Housing Programs

Program (?) Weatherization Assistance Program
Abbreviation WAP
Program Description

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) assists households with incomes at or below 60 percent of state median income by reducing their heating/cooling costs through a variety of energy efficiency measures.  The Department of Energy and the Department of Health and Human Services provide WAP grants to individual states, which in turn allocate funds to program administrators in each county. Under the program, several energy efficiency measures are performed, including: weather-stripping; caulking; wall and ceiling insulation; heating system improvements or replacement; efficiency improvements in lighting; hot water tank and pipe insulation; and refrigerator replacements with Energy Star-rated units.

Both single-family and multi-family buildings may receive assistance via WAP. For multi-family housing, assistance is provided only to buildings where more than two-thirds of the tenants are low-income. Owners of multi-family buildings must contribute a minimum of 25 percent of the cost of rehabilitation (unless that owner is low-income) and for buildings with more than 50 units, owners must contribute 35 percent of the total rehabilitation cost. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, New York State received an injection of $55 million for WAP.

Benefit Classification (?)  
Supply or Demand Demand
One-Time or Ongoing Ongoing
Benefit Type (?) Grant
Government Agency (?) NYS Department of Homes and Community Renewal
Program Information (?)  
Scale Small Scale (between 1 and 999 units produced)
Timeframe 1976-Present
Developer/Owners (?) For-Profit, Non-Profit
Property Information (?)  
Property Occupancy Occupied, Vacant
Property Type Building
Building Type Multi-family, One- to Four-family
Construction Type Rehabilitation
Occupant Tenure (?) Rental, Homeownership
Occupant Income Restrictions (?) Very Low-Income
More Information NYS HCR

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