The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) assists households with incomes at or below 60 percent of the state median income by reducing their heating and cooling costs through a variety of energy efficiency measures. The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provide WAP grants to individual states, which then allocate these 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 through 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). 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.