Florida WAP Application Information
Florida Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) offers grants to low-income households in all counties to help qualified households reduce their energy consumption. The grants are spent on home improvement that will make the dwelling more energy efficient.
Florida WAP is funded by U.S Department of energy (DOE). The U.S Department of Health and Human Services provides some additional funds to help the program cover as many eligible homes as possible. Number of households served each year depends on the amount of funds issued.
The program provides grants to local governments, Indian tribes, and non-profit agencies in addition to Community Action Agencies (CAAs). These agencies will distribute the funds after determining applicant's eligibility. The distribution of grants depends on weather and population of each county in the state.
Florida Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) offers number of benefits to achieve its goals. Eligible households will have to undergo an energy audit, which will determine the type of weatherization services they need. The program can provide different services depending on energy audit report. These services can include insulation, weather stripping, ceiling insulation, leakage prevention, and water heater wraps. In addition to these home improvements, Florida WAP also provides solar reflective quoting for eligible homes in the state. This year, the program will also be providing solar screens. A household may receive any number of these services depending on its requirements. Households that have already received weatherization services through Florida WAP will not be able to apply since Florida WAP offers only one-time benefits.
According to DOE, low-income families spend approximately 18% of their household income to pay their energy bills, averaging at $1,267. Weatherization services can help these households save $358 on average. For each dollar spent on weatherization, the average return benefit is estimated to be $2.69.
In order to receive Florida Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) benefits, households will need to be income eligible. Households failing to meet income guidelines for the program won't be able to receive benefits. Households with elderly, disabled, and children will receive priority. Similarly, households with low-income and huge energy bills will also receive priority. Households receiving benefits through certain other programs for low-income families will automatically qualify to receive Florida WAP benefits.
To qualify for Florida WAP benefits, applicants will have to meet the following program requirements.
You must be a U.S citizen or a qualified alien
You must be a resident of state of Florida
You must meet income guidelines or qualify for automatic eligibility
Households receiving benefits through the following programs will automatically qualify to receive Florida WAP benefits. These programs include
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Aid to Families with Dependent Children
Households will have to meet the following income eligibility guidelines to receive Weatherization benefits in Florida.
Household size Annual gross income limit
For larger households, add $7,920 for each additional person to find out annual gross income limit.
WAP Application Instructions
To apply for Florida WAP, you will have to visit your local Weatherization provider. The applications are not available online. You can find a list of Weatherization providers for each country using this link.
Although you can't apply online, you can still download an application online. You will need to complete it, and attach necessary documents, along with the application before sending it to your local Weatherization provider. You can download the application here.