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


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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New Mexico’s Energy$mart Academy


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


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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Opportunity Council


Bellingham, Washington  “Our intent was to create something that would be adopted nationally and leverage the low-income weatherization program.” –Dave Finet, Executive Director, Opportunity Council In recent years, the concept of leveraging the Weatherization Assistance Program to improve the health

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Weatherization Plus Health: Leveraging Funds For Client Health


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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Weatherization Plus Health: The Next Step for the Weatherization Assistance Program

The connection between health and housing seems obvious: we spend most of our time in our homes, and our surroundings have a great impact on our well-being. What may be less obvious is the connection between health and energy efficiency

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Spotlight On: Opportunity Council’s Weatherizaton Plus Health

A true pioneer in integrated healthy homes and weatherization services, the Opportunity Council (OC) in Bellingham, Washington, has been providing combined services to needy families since 1993. Over these 18 years, the OC has partnered with myriad agencies and other

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