The Weatherization Assistance Program, operated by the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing and Building Energy Programs section, helps eligible limited income households across the State of Maryland 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, Limited Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Strategic Energy Investment Fund and participating EmPOWER Maryland utility companies.
Homeowner applicants must be income eligible and able to prove ownership of the housing unit. For rental units, landlords must prove ownership and also agree to participate. Tenants of rental units must be income eligible. Priority is given to eligible applicants who are elderly, disabled, have families with children, and have the highest energy consumption.
Household Income limits* for DOE WAP:
*In accordance with Weatherization Program Notice 21-3, the State may use the LIHEAP limit of 60% of State Median Income (SMI) but not lower than 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL). According to LIHEAP Information Memoranda 2020-02, the Maryland State median income for a family of 4 is currently $120,044. Sixty percent (60%) of SMI is higher for households of 9 or less. For households of 10 or more, 200% of poverty (FPL) is higher.
Applying for Assistance
Interested persons may apply to the
local agency that serves the political jurisdictions in which they reside (see list in "Related Information" below) 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
CONTACT: Housing and Building Energy Programs
Community Development Administration
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, MD 20706