Southwestern Community Services
The Weatherization Assistance program is designed to help reduce heating and other energy costs for income eligible households by improving living conditions and providing warmer, safer, and more comfortable homes. It also aims to lower energy costs by 19 to 22 percent.
Priority is given to the elderly, the disabled, and households with small children. Eligibility for the program is determined by gross household income and vulnerability to heating and electricity costs.
The determination of applicant eligibility and job priority are dependent upon several factors. These factors will have impact on the time frames for which the jobs are scheduled and completed.
If you are a renter, you must have landlord approval. Please contact us for more details.
What to Expect
When a family becomes involved in the Weatherization Assistance Program, an energy home assessment is performed at each site by one of our New Hampshire weatherization certified energy auditors. The results of the assessment will determine what energy improvements and health and safety measures are needed.
The energy auditor will write up a job performance work order and assign the work to a trained sub-contractor. After each job is completed, it is inspected and tested again by the energy auditor for final results.
As part of the process, the energy auditor works closely with each family. The auditor will discuss what work is to be done on the home and what results might be achieved. Suggestions will also be offered on how to continue achieving energy savings by including energy conservation actions throughout the home.
The Weatherization Assistance Program operates on federal grants from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Department of Health & Human Services Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Weatherization measures may include the following:
- Attic, wall, and floor insulation
- Use of air-sealing materials, such as caulking, weather stripping, door sweeps, and glass replacement, to stop air infiltration
- Installation of appropriate ventilation
- Tuning and/or cleaning heating systems
- Lighting and hot water improvements
The Weatherization Program serves eligible households in Cheshire and Sullivan counties. There is a waiting list of 1500 households throughout the two counties. On the average, we complete 50 to 75 homes each year. For more information, please see our brochure.
Heating Repair & Replacement Program
The Heating Repair and Replacement Program can help clients repair or replace their heating systems.
Recipients must be income-eligible and receiving fuel assistance in order to qualify for HRRP.
Assistance for heating replacement is based on the availability of funds.