Weatherization

Green Jobs for New Yorkers!

The NWBCCC celebrates with the Center for Working Families the passage of GREEN JOBS/GREEN HOMES NY: A policy blueprint for mass-scale greening of New York State, signed into law by Governor Patterson on October 13, 2009.

Green Jobs/Green Homes NY (GJ/GH NY) is a blueprint for an unprecedented statewide initiative to retrofit one million homes in five years. The program will make New York homes energy efficient, lower fossil fuel emissions, and combat climate change. It will save households an average of 30-40% of energy consumption, create around 60,000 quality green job-years and obviate the need to site new power plants. Most importantly, the upfront costs of the retrofit work will be paid for through third-party investment (i.e., pension funds and/or private investment), and fully paid back through energy bill savings — all off of the state’s budget. This public/private initiative will be the largest residential retrofit program ever initiated: a model for the nation at a critical moment in national energy planning.

If you are interested in receiving Green Jobs Training, please email a resume and cover letter to taleigh@northwestbronx.org.

WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

NWBCCC fights climate change and promotes energy efficiency through our Weatherization Assistance Program.   The Weatherization Assistance Program assists income-eligible families and individuals by reducing their heating/cooling costs and improving the safety of their homes through energy efficiency measures.

Energy efficiency measures performed through the program include air sealing (weather-stripping, caulking), wall and ceiling insulation, heating system improvements or replacement, efficiency improvements in lighting, hot water tank and pipe insulation, replacement of incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient CFL bulbs, and refrigerator replacements with highly efficient Energy Star rated units (this component includes the removal and proper “de-manufacture” of the old unit), and other improvements. New York allows subgrantees to install any measures permitted by federal regulations.

The work done in each unit is determined by a DOE-approved energy audit. The cost of installing energy conservation measures in a building must not exceed the savings that can be expected during the normal life of the installed work.

Weatherization is a grant program and not a loan program!

Both single-family and multi-family buildings are assisted.

Household energy use reductions and resultant energy cost savings are significant, with an average savings in excess of 20%.

Available Funding

The New York State Weatherization Assistance Program is the largest residential, low-income energy conservation program in the country.  The WAP in New York has two principal funding sources, the US Department of Energy and the US Department of Health and Human Services Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Program funds are allocated throughout New York State by a formula that takes into account climate and the number of income-eligible persons in each county.

Income Eligibility

Households with incomes at or below 60% of state median income are eligible for assistance.  Program services are available to both homeowners and renters.  WAP is designed to benefit low-income persons, with priority given to senior citizens, families with children, and persons with disabilities. In general, eligibility of a person or household for weatherization services falls into one of two categories: categorical eligibility or income eligibility.

Categorical eligibility is proof that the client is a member of a group (category), all of whose members are eligible. (i.e., Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Safety Net or Family Assistance benefits, recurring Non-Public Assistance (NPA) Food Stamps, or households determined eligible for HEAP regular benefits.)

Income eligibility is proof that the household income is at or below the level set for Program eligibility. DHCR uses 60% of State median income level as eligibility for the Weatherization Program. Eligibility for weatherization assistance may be determined on the basis of household income. Household income is defined as total cash receipts before taxes from all sources.

Rental Housing

To weatherize a building containing rental units, applications must be completed for all units in the building to be weatherized (except vacancies). A rental building may be weatherized if 50 percent or more of the rental units are occupied by eligible households.

The building owner must enter into an Owner Agreement, which places protections for the tenants of the weatherized building because of the increased value of the weatherized units.  Owners cannot pass rent increases to the tenant based solely on the Weatherization improvement, and owners cannot evict the tenant of a weatherized unit based solely on the increased value of the unit as long as the tenant complies with all on-going obligations and responsibilities to the owner.

Owners who are not themselves eligible for Program assistance are required to invest in the cost of the weatherization services provided to their buildings. The Owner Agreement asks for an owner contribution of not less than 25% for buildings with fewer than 50 units, and 35% for buildings with 50 units or more.

For more information, please contact:

Zaida Salaman, Intake Coordinator

(718) 584-0515 x233