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Low-Income Weatherization Program


FUNDING LEVEL: Annual budget allocation; $174 million in through March 2017; 100% of funds must benefit disadvantaged communities  
ADMINISTERING AGENCY: California Department of Community Services & Development. GHG methodology by CARB. 
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Local government agencies and California non-profit organizations

Program Description

The Low Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) serves low-income households within disadvantaged communities in three subprograms: Single-Family/Small Multi-Family Energy Efficiency and Solar Water Heating; Single-Family Solar Photovoltaics (PV); and Large Multi-Family Energy Efficiency and Renewables. By design, this program leverages existing Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds, Weatherization Assistance Program funds, Workforce Development Agency funding, utility‑funded incentives and other similar resources to provide weatherization services to low-income families and improve the energy efficiency performance of low income residential housing.  Weatherization measures typically include weather stripping, insulation, caulking, water heater blankets, fixing or replacing windows, refrigerator replacement, electric water heater repair and replacement and heating and cooling system repair and replacement. LIWP also provides important co‐benefits such as reducing air pollution, improving public health, helping achieve air quality standards, reducing energy costs, stimulating the economy and offering new job training opportunities

Visit the Department of Community Services and Development’s Low-Income Weatherization Program web page to learn more.

Successful Project Outcomes

  • Reduced GHG emissions
  • New jobs that stimulate the local economy
  • Maximized energy savings to low-income households

Funded Projects

City of Fresno (2014) – In 2014, GRID Alternatives partnered with the Fresno Housing Authority to install solar panels on its Viking Village affordable housing complex in Fresno. Eighteen residents and family members participated in the five-day installation and led energy efficiency trainings for the whole community. The 16.7 kW system is large enough to power common areas and the savings will help the housing authority pay for maintenance costs and provide new services to tenants.

Butte County and Tehama County (2015) – $34,326 was awarded to Butte County and $27,961 to Tehama County to install solar photovoltaic systems in single-family low-income homes in disadvantaged communities to provide energy savings and other co-benefits.

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