Weatherization Assistance Program

Last Updated 09/07/2021

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 2021, 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 Blossom Evans [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 2021 State Plan here.

Notice of Public Hearing
Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan

The State of Hawaii is eligible to received $280,638 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through its Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) for the July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 Program Year (PY) 2021. 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 2021 WAP State Plan on Monday, March 22, 2021 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 first public hearing on the PY 2021 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. Please click here for a copy of the State Plan, or one can be provided upon request ([email protected]). Persons with special needs should email OCS at [email protected] by Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 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(224)501-3412 and the access code is 248-324-909. 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 Tuesday, March 16, 2021 for consideration at the hearing. Information received will be considered prior to submittal for the PY 2021 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 PY21 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 Weatherization Field Guide (updated and approved by Department of Energy on July 9, 2019)

Hawaii’s WAP Health and Safety Plan (approved by Department of Energy with PY2021 State Plan)