Illinois WAP Application Information

Weatherizing your house or apartment is one of the best ways of reducing the high cost of energy bills as a result of heating and cooling. Weatherizing exercise may involve adding insulation, sealing cracks, upgrading windows, and taking other steps all aimed at minimizing energy loss.

The Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) is available to conduct home energy audits, and to weatherize low income homes. Weatherization typically costs $2500, and the government foots the bill. The main advantage of this process is the fact that energy bills are drastically reduced, on average, by one-third. This means that households are able to save hundreds of dollars per year. Most assistance is provided to low-income families, but some is available for higher-earning families as well.

The Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program or IHWAP provides for any financial assistance with weather stripping or hiring a repair man to inspect your heater. It goes ahead and provides you with additional funding if you meet the program's income eligibility requirements. Applications must be made through the Crosswalk Community Action Agency, or Crosswalk CAA, which administers IHWAP grants from the Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services to residents in Franklin County. General details about the program can be found here.


Eligibility Requirements


IHWAP Eligibility is strictly determined by family size and household income in accordance with federal guidelines.

Weatherization services are free to households that:

  • Are eligible for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

  • Have an occupant receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Aid to Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD); or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

  • Are at or below the annual income chart shown to the right.

  • (For a household with more than eight people, add $7,480 for each additional person.)

  • Renters may be assisted if they are eligible and the landlord agrees to the program terms. A fifty percent (50%) landlord contribution for weatherization work is required for rental property.

Weatherization services are provided by local community action agencies or not-for-profit agencies throughout the entire state of Illinois. Your household annual income before taxes must be as specified in the table below: Other eligibility details can be found here: www.ildceo.net/Weatherization/

Family Size

Income in Dollars

1

21,660

2

29,140

3

36,620

4

44,100

5

51,580

6

59,060

7

66,540

8

74,020


WAP Application Instructions

Unlike other state funded welfare programs, IHWAP grant must be made in person through the crosswalk CAA, headquartered in Franklin County's West Frankfort. It is important to arrange for an appointment for the in-person application process. Appointment is made by calling the Crosswalk CAA directly. Contact information is available online at the Crosswalk CAA website at crosswalkcaa.com. Details about the application process can be found at www.commerce.state.il.usWeatherization/.

Application Process:

  1. To apply you start by contacting the agency provider in your area. For the list of agency providers in Illinois go to: www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Energy+Assistance/

  1. Then submit your application. Applications forms are pretty simple, and usually take only about 20 minutes to fill out. You'll have to include proof of income with your submission. The state of Illinois requires you to submit your application in person at your local office.

  1. If you are eligible, your local weatherization agency will automatically put you on a waiting list, but you will hear back from them eventually. Depending on the season, the amount of funding available, the demand for energy audits, and other factors, it can be a while before you hear back on your application.

  1. You local agency will then contact you and schedule a professional energy consultation for an energy audit and an analysis of your energy bills.

  1. Then IHWAP and energy audit personnel will assist you in identifying contractors who will work with the weatherization grants program.

Program Contact Information

For more details about this IHWAP Weatherization program, please go to: www.commerce.state.il.us/Energy+Assistance/.

Or call Energy Assistance Hotline at (877) 411-9276.