Weatherization Assistance Program

Last Updated 07/22/2022

The Office of Community Services (OCS) administers the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance’s (CFDA) number is 81.042, under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  WAP helps low-income families and individuals reduce their energy bill by installing weatherization measures into their homes, and by providing education to the participants and community about energy efficiency.

On November 15, 2021, the President signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Public Law 117-58), also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which provides $3.5 billion in funding for Weatherization. OCS will be submitting an application to receive an estimated funding amount of $3,641,796.00 in BIL funding for Weatherization.

During Program Year (PY) 2020, July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, Hawaii was awarded $302,402.00 to conduct WAP services, which resulted in weatherization measures installed into 48 dwelling units.  For PY 2021, Hawaii was awarded a total of $280,638.00.  OCS is working with the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to provide additional weatherization services to eligible low-income persons and families.  To be eligible a potential participant must be within the 200% Federal Poverty Guideline, and priority is given to elderly (60 years old and older), persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burden.

Depending on a person’s or family’s eligibility, the following energy efficient weatherization measures, that are pre-approved on the Hawaii’s Weatherization Assistance Program Priority List for Single-Family Homes, could be installed:

  • Low-Flow Showerheads & Faucet Aerators;
  • CFL or LED Lighting;
  • Advanced Power Strip;
  • Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater or Solar Water Heater;
  • Small Room Air Conditioner;
  • Very Large Room Air Conditioner; and
  • Refrigerator Replacement.

If you are interested in enrolling in WAP, please contact the agency in your respective county.  OCS has contracted with four Community Action Agencies to administer weatherization services.  The agencies that are providing WAP services are:

Community Action Agencies Contact Person Email Phone Number
Kauai Economic Opportunity, Inc. Jason Honjiyo [email protected] (808) 245-4077
Honolulu Community Action Program Georgette Aki [email protected] (808) 521-4531
Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council Loke Kuamoo [email protected] (808) 731-7009
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. Nicanor Saladino [email protected] (808) 249-2990

You can find the approved Hawaii’s PY 2022 State Plan here.

Notice of Second Public Hearing
Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan

The State of Hawaii is eligible to receive $280,249 in federal funds with an additional $60,024.00 (Readiness Funds) from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through its Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) from July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 Program Year (PY) 2022. In Hawaii, WAP funds are used to help low-income households reduce their energy costs by providing energy conservation education and weatherization measures on a statewide basis.

The State Office of Community Services (OCS) will be holding a public hearing remotely on the PY 2022 WAP State Plan on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. The hearing will be conducted via teleconference and video conference. No in-person testimony will be taken, as necessitated by COVID-19 health and safety concerns. This is the second public hearing on the PY 2022 State Plan. OCS has a procurement exemption which allows Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc., Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., and Kauai Economic Opportunity, Inc. to provide WAP services statewide, pursuant to Title 10 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 440. A copy of the State Plan can be provided upon request ([email protected]). Persons with special needs should email OCS at [email protected] by Tuesday, May 10, 2022, to make appropriate arrangements.

The public is welcome to attend via their computers to provide comments during the hearing. To join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone, please type in the website address below:

Meeting ID: 873 7316 1578

Passcode: 98765

Written comments may be submitted to OCS (email: [email protected]; regular mail: Office of Community Services, 830 Punchbowl Street, Room 420, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813) until Tuesday, May 10, 2022 for consideration at the hearing. Information received will be considered prior to submittal for the PY 2022 WAP State Plan to the DOE.

By: Jovanie Domingo Dela Cruz
Executive Director
Office of Community Services

Click here for a copy of the approved WAP PY22 State Plan.

Click on the links below for:

Hawaii’s Approved Priority List (updated and approved by Department of Energy on July 7, 2021)

Hawaii’s WAP Field Guide (updated and approved by Department of Energy on March 22, 2022)

Hawaii’s WAP Health and Safety Plan (approved by Department of Energy with PY2022 State Plan)