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Draft HWAP State Plan

If you would like to provide feedback on the HWAP State Plan or have questions on the LIHEAP Waiver, please email energyhelp@development.ohio.gov. 

Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)

The Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) provides eligible Ohioans with assistance to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their energy costs. Ohioans participating in the HWAP will receive a home inspection to identify the services necessary to improve their home’s energy efficiency. Services are provided through local agencies in each county.

Who is Eligible for HWAP?

Ohioans with a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the program.

Priority is given to Ohioans who are older than age of 60, those with disabilities, those with children in the home, and households with a high energy usage and/or burden. All families who have received assistance any time during the last 12 months under Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Home Energy Assistance (HEAP) (does not include Emergency HEAP) are automatically income eligible for weatherization services. Please remember an application must be submitted in order to apply for services.

For 2019-2020, the income levels are:

Size of Household Total Household Income 12 Months
1 up to $24,980.00
2 up to $33,820.00
3 up to $42,660.00
4 up to $51,500.00
5 up to $60,340.00
6 up to $69,180.00
7 up to $78,020.00
8 up to $86,860.00

For households with more than eight (8) members, add $8,640 for each additional member.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the Energy Assistance Programs online at energyhelp.ohio.gov, in person at your local Home Weatherization Assistance Provider or by mail. When you apply, you will need to complete the Energy Assistance Application (English or Spanish) and submit a copy of the following documents:

  • a copy of your most recent energy bills,
  • a list of all household members (include birth dates and Social Security numbers) and proof of income for each member for the last 12 months, and
  • proof of citizenship or legal residency

Please contact your local HWAP provider for a list of all required documents. Depending on your income type, additional forms may be required. Samples of the additional forms can be found by clicking here.

Don’t forget to sign the application.

Where do I get an Energy Assistance Application?

Click the link to download a copy of the Energy Assistance Program application (English or Spanish). Applications can also be found at your Local Energy Assistance Provider, local libraries, county departments of Job and Family Services, and Area Agencies on Aging.

HWAP Frequently Asked Questions

A home may be weatherized only once and may not be re-weatherized unless the weatherization date is prior to September 1994.

Families who live in federally subsidized housing where the heat is included in the rent may be eligible for weatherization. Families that have their secondary heat source (electric) in an adult household member’s name may still quality for assistance. Please contact your local HWAP provider for more details.

Household income is defined as the total annual gross income before taxes (minus exclusions) of all household members, except earned income of dependent minors under 18 years of age. All income and allowed exclusions must be documented for household members 18 years of age and older regardless of relationship to the primary applicant. Heads of households and spouses may never be considered minors. Gross household income includes wages, interest, dividends, annuities, and pensions.

Included (Countable) Household Income

  • Active Military Pay (Basic pay)
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Alimony
  • Annuity
  • Black Lung
  • Capital Gains - Proceeds from sale of property, home and stock
  • Cash Withdraws from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA)
  • Commissions
  • Company Disability
  • Disability Assistance (DA)
  • Estate and Trust Settlements - minus attorney fees – (One-time payment or lump sum)
  • Farm Income
  • Garnished Wages, including Bankruptcy/Chapter 13
  • Grants/Training Stipends – living expenses only
  • Immigrant Relocation Allowance
  • Interest earned from Savings Accounts
  • Legal Settlements
  • Lump Sum Distribution
  • Odd Jobs
  • Ohio Electronic Child Care (Ohio ECC) – Provider Income
  • Pensions – Government/Veterans/Private Industry
  • Rental Income earned from rental property
  • Self-Employment Income
  • Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Social Security Disability (SSDI) (Excluding Medicare Deductions)
  • Strike Benefits
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)/General Assistance (GA)
  • Unearned income paid to or on the behalf of minors
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Utility Allowances (as discretionary income)
  • Veteran’s Administration Benefits
  • Wages/Tips
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Widows/Widowers’ Benefits

Excluded Household Income

  • Agent Orange Compensation/Benefit
  • Assets from bank withdrawals (90- day rule)
  • Attorney's fees for Estate & Trust Settlements
  • Child Support Paid Out
  • Child Support Received
  • FEMA Cash Payments
  • Food Assistance Benefit – Food Stamps, SNAP, etc. (cash or equivalent)
  • Funds/training stipends designated for specific purposes (i.e., educational Grants/Training stipends for tuition and/or books only-not living expenses)*
  • Handicapped Income - self-sufficiency programs (example: work expenses for the blind)
  • Health Care Spending Accounts – non-taxable health care spending accounts are allowable
  • Health Insurance Premiums (dental, vision, health and supplemental insurance)*
  • Income earned by dependent minors less than 18 years of age
  • Jury Duty
  • Loans from individuals or institutions requiring repayment of either principle or principal and interest*
  • Medicaid spend-down
  • Medicare Part D (prescription premium)
  • Medicare Payments
  • Military Allowances for Subsistence, Housing, Family Separation, etc.*
  • Ohio waiver program
  • Prevention, Retention, & Contingency (PRC) - assistance to attempt to divert families from long term financial dependency
  • Proceeds from reverse mortgages
  • Reimbursement for work expenses
  • Stipend for Foster Care
  • Tax refunds and rebates
  • Title III Disaster Relief Emergency Assistance Program (DREAP)
  • Title V Wages/Senior Community Employment Programs (SCEP) - Older Americans' Act (Public Law 100-175) Experience Works (formerly Green Thumb), Foster Grandparents Program, Mature Services
  • Title XX Benefits
  • Transportation Allowances (i.e., Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA), Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), Workfare
  • Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Service-Related Disability/including surviving dependents
  • Volunteers in Service to America (Vista) or other AmeriCorps Stipends
  • Work Allowances (i.e., Learning Earning and Parenting [LEAP])

Participants in the program receive a home energy inspection to determine the most cost-effective energy efficiency improvements for the home. After the inspection is complete a plan for improving the home’s energy efficiency is drafted. The plan may include:

  • Safety inspection, tune-up/repair, and if necessary, installation of heating units
  • Insulation of attics
  • Insulation of sidewalls
  • Insulation of heating ducts
  • Insulation of floors
  • Insulation of water tanks
  • Reduction of air leakage from major sources
  • Personalized energy management plans

Customers also receive information on ways to manage their day-to-day energy use.

Yes, you can apply for the weatherization program if you participate in the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) or the HEAP Summer or Winter Crisis Programs.

If you are facing disconnection or have been disconnected from your utility service, please call your local Energy Assistance Provider. The agency can help you identify resources to maintain your utility service.