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Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program

Delaware’s Weatherization Assistance Program

Delaware’s Weatherization Program is administered by The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) of the United States Department of Energy (DOE). It provides grants to states, territories, and some Indian tribes to improve the energy efficiency of low-income people’s houses. These governments, in turn, enter into contracts with local governments and philanthropic organizations to provide weatherization services to persons in need, utilizing the most latest technologies for domestic energy efficiency improvements.

Important Features

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) entitled under the Weatherization Assistance Program offers free of cost services to upgrade an existing home to smartly and systematically increase the indoor quality of a home that is owned or to be owned by low-income households to positively impact the health and to simultaneously reduce the utility bill, especially during the winter.

While many households still pay for heat to help stay warm during cold winters, a high percentage of those payments go straight to a utility company. This is problematic because of how expensive it is to heat an entire home while so much heat loss is quick and unnoticeable, especially during the winter months. That’s why in addition to weatherization, low-income families in Delaware are also in dire need of utility assistance.

Who is eligible to enroll in Delaware’s Weatherization Assistance Program?

Once your application is accepted and all verification documents are received, your name will be put on the waiting list. You may not receive program services during the 12-month waiting period. You must reapply every year to verify continued income eligibility.  Energy assistance programs can help reduce your energy usage and help you use less energy overall.

To participate in this assistance program and get its benefits, you must be a resident of Delaware. There is the option of providing preference to:

  • Those who are over the age of sixty
  • Families that have at least one disabled member (and preferably more).
  • Households with kids

If you are currently receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), you are immediately eligible for weatherization assistance under the DOE’s regulations (TANF).

To qualify, your household’s annual gross income must be less than the following amounts, before taxes are deducted:

Annual Household Income Limits (before taxes)
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $27,180
2 $36,620
3 $46,060
4 $55,500
5 $64,940
6 $74,380
7 $83,820
8 $93,260

*Add $9,440 for each additional member in a household with more than eight people. Always double-check the instructions with the appropriate controlling agency to confirm that you are following the most recent version.

For further information on how to apply, contact the Community Action Agency in your region.

To determine the location of Delaware’s WAP administrator and any other contact information, go to the Grantee Contacts page.

Learn About the Application Process

What is the best way for me to contact you?

More information is available on the Weatherization Assistance Program website, which is managed by the US Department of Energy.