Weatherization Assistance Program

Last Updated 03/23/2020

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.

During Program Year (PY) 2017, October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, Hawaii was awarded $215,750.00 to conduct WAP services, which resulted in weatherization measures installed into 42 dwelling units.  For PY 2018, Hawaii was awarded a total of $248,258.00.  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 that 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, for PY 2018, 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. Brigitte Correia [email protected] (808) 245-4077 ext. 226
Honolulu Community Action Program Georgette Aki [email protected] (808) 521-4531
Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council Lane Ueda [email protected] (808) 961-2681 ext. 300
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. Nicanor Saladino [email protected] (808) 249-2990

You can find the approved Hawaii’s PY 2019 State Plan here.

Notice of Public Hearing
Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan

The State of Hawaii is eligible to receive $302,402 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through its Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) for the July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 Program Year (PY) 2020.  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 2020 WAP State Plan on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 9:30 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 first public hearing on the PY 2020 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 10 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §440.  Please click here for a copy of the State Plan, or one can be provided upon request ([email protected] or [email protected]).  Persons with special needs should email OCS at [email protected] by Friday, April 10, 2020, to make appropriate arrangements.

The public is welcome to attend via their computers or phones to provide comments during the hearing.  To join the call on the day of the public hearing, the phone number is 1(571)317-3122 and the access codes is 326-436-957.  To join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone, please type in the website address below:

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 Thursday, April 9, 2020 for consideration at the hearing.  Information received will be considered prior to submittal for the PY 2020 WAP State Plan to the DOE.

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

Click here for a draft of the PY 2020 State Plan.

Click here for the Hawaii’s Weatherization Field Guide updated and approved by Department of Energy on July 9, 2019.