ADECA administers funding for two energy assistance programs - the state Weatherization Assistance Program and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
The Alabama Weatherization Assistance Program is funded through a grant from the U. S. Department of Energy. ADECA contracts with local community action agencies and the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission to deliver weatherization assistance to low-income households in all 67 counties across the state.
The mission is to reduce energy costs for low-income households, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities and families with children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety. In order to receive assistance, the applicant's income must not exceed 200% of the federally established poverty level. (Information on the poverty level can be found on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.)
Alabama weatherization assistance typically includes mitigating outside air infiltration into the conditioned space of the home, installing attic, wall and floor insulation, sealing duct work, performing HVAC system tune-ups and repairs, repairing leaky and/or faulty windows and doors and replacing incandescent light bulbs with highly efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. Health and safety checks are also performed on the home.
Do you qualify for weatherization assistance? Click here for a PDF list of area agencies that can assist you.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ADECA contracts with community action agencies and local nonprofit agencies to deliver LIHEAP to low-income households throughout the state.
The objectives of LIHEAP are to help low-income families meet the costs of home energy, defined as heating and cooling of residences, and to increase their energy self-sufficiency and reduce their vulnerability resulting from energy needs.
The target population is low-income households, especially those with the lowest incomes and the highest home energy costs or needs in relation to income, taking into account family size. Additional targets are low-income households with members who are especially vulnerable, including the elderly, persons with disabilities and young children. In order to receive assistance, the applicant’s household income must not exceed 150% of the federally established poverty level. (Information on the poverty level can be found on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.)
Many agencies that receive grant funding through ADECA’s energy assistance programs are members of the Community Action Association of Alabama. Find out which local agency serves your agency by clicking here.
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