2017 LIHEAP Waiver Request
The Weatherization Assistance Program is able to share unused funds from the LIHEAP program through a yearly waiver request. If approved, the waiver will provide 25% of the Washington State LIHEAP budget to the Washington Weatherization Assistance Program to weatherize Washington homes. Click here for the text of the 2017 waiver request.
What is weatherization?
Weatherization is adding insulation, sealing cracks, and making other changes that reduce heat loss, save you money on heating bills and make your home or apartment healthier. The federal government and Washington State offer weatherization programs, which Commerce runs, for qualified low-income households.
Can I get my home weatherized?
Commerce doesn’t weatherize houses directly. We contract with local agencies in your city or county that weatherize qualified low-income homes and apartments.
To see if you qualify for weatherization assistance, call a local agency near you on the Weatherization Agency List.
How are these programs funded?
Commerce receives funding from Washington State and several federal government programs to help pay for low-income weatherization work.
- Weatherization Assistance Program– U.S. Department of Energy
- Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (U.S. Health and Human Services )
- Matchmaker Program
- State of Washington
- Utility companies that sell gas and electric heat also contribute matching funds for qualified low-income households. There funds match the Washington state dollars through the Matchmaker Program.
All local agencies providing services in the Washington State Weatherization Program report their results through the Weatherization Information Data System (WIDS). (WIDS is security-protected and is only accessible by local agencies and Commerce staff.)
For Low-Income Households
For local weatherization agencies
Weatherization Information Data System (WIDS) (authorized users only)
Opportunity Council (PDF)