Weatherization Assistance Program

About the Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program, operated by the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing and Building Energy Programs section, helps eligible low income households with the installation of energy conservation materials in their dwelling units. These measures both reduce the consumption of energy and the cost of maintenance for these homes. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, Electric Universal Service Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Washington Gas and participating EmPOWER Maryland utility companies. Please also see the EmPOWER Low Income Energy Efficiency Program.

Eligible Applicants

Owner applicants must be income eligible (currently 200% of federal poverty level) and able to prove ownership of the housing unit. For rental units, landlords must prove ownership and also agree to participate. Priority is given to homeowners who are elderly, disabled, have families with children and/or have the highest energy consumption.

2015 Poverty Income Guidelines. Contiguous States U.S. Grantees. 

Effective February 6, 2015

Income Levels
Size of
Family Unit
Threshold 200%
1 $11,770 $23,540
2 $15,930 $31,860
3 $20,090 $40,180
4 $24,250 $48,500
5 $28,410 $56,820
6 $32,570 $65,140
7 $36,730 $73,460
8 $40,890 $81,780
For families with more than 8 persons, 100% of poverty level increases $4,160 for each additional person. Therefore, for weatherization at 200% of poverty level, add $8,320 for each additional person.

Applying for Assistance

Interested persons may apply to the local agency that serves the political jurisdictions in which they reside (see chart) or directly through the Maryland Energy Assistance Program.

Service Delivery Options

Once eligibility is determined, the local agency will schedule an energy audit inspection. If the existing condition of the dwelling permits, the program may provide the following treatments to make the unit more energy efficient:

  • blower door air infiltration reduction
  • insulation in the attic, floors, walls
  • hot water system improvements
  • lighting retrofit
  • furnace clean/tune, safety repairs, burner retrofit or replacement
  • health and safety items

For More Information, Please Contact:

Housing and Building Energy Programs - Weatherization Assistance Program
Community Development Administration
7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, MD 20706

For information on the Maryland Energy Assistance Program, please call 1-800-352-1446.