LIHEAP Purchasing Power Continues to Decline

The average grant to a homeowner from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the most comprehensive federal program for helping low-income families pay their energy bills, will cover about 43.4% of the cost of home heating next winter, according to estimates. This number is down from 46% last year and almost 50% during the winter of 2010–11.

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Couleecap’s Weatherization Deferral Program Makes Homes Safer and More Energy Efficient

As any Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) practitioner knows, having to walk away from a needy family’s home because of health and safety problems is demoralizing and goes against the mission of the program. Couleecap, a Community Action Agency and WAP

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Weatherization Plus Health: Future Direction of the Weatherization Assistance Program?

The future of the U.S. Department of Energy’s low-income Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is far from certain. The program faced much criticism after receiving $5 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, despite being one of the best job producers, with 15,000 jobs at its peak, and weatherizing 100,000 more…

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Homes in Need by STEP, Inc: Bringing a Fresh Approach to Weatherization Plus Health

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Community action agencies administer dozens of programs under one roof, making coordination a challenge and best practices a must. Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action (STEP, Inc.), in central Pennsylvania, is a model of integration, combining a whole house approach to home assessment with referrals to the 32 programs housed at the agency…

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Winter Fuels Price Outlook Could Have Major Impact on LIHEAP Purchasing Power

The cost of home heating this winter could increase by up to 11.1%, according to recent data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average cost of home heating for those using heating oil is expected to increase from $2,087 to $2,494; natural gas from $608 to $697; propane from $1,962 to $2,222; and electricity…

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Quick Questions: Larry Dawson

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Larry Dawson, Director of the Illinois Office of Energy Assistance, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development, is the incoming chair of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NEADA), the primary organization for state directors of the Low Income Energy

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New Mexico’s Energy$mart Academy

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This article is part of an ongoing series from the National Association for State Community Services Programs, which is implementing the Weatherization Plus Health initiative on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Each piece highlights best practices and guides at the intersection of energy, housing, and health. Weatherization Plus Health is a vehicle for showcasing the talents of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) network and bolsters the case for more funding for it and for organizations that tackle housing-related health hazards.

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Weatherization Plus Health: The Connecticut Efficient Healthy Homes Initiative

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National Association for State Community Services Programs The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Plus Health Initiative provides a national platform for increasing partnerships among organizations serving the health, housing, and energy needs of low income families at the state

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Success Stories of Weatherization: Veterans Green Jobs

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The Weatherization Assistance Program continues to deliver on its promise of creating jobs while significantly reducing home energy costs for low-income households.

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Weatherization Plus Health: Leveraging Funds For Client Health

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National Association for State Community Services Programs Access to the right kind of funding, and enough of it, truly can make a difference on the health and safety side of the equation for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the

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