Weatherization Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Weatherization Program?
- How do I get an application?
- Where are you located?
- What are the income-limits for the Weatherization Program?
- How can I qualify for weatherization?
- I rent. Can I still apply?
- I live in a mobile home. Can I apply for the Weatherization Programs?
- My home has been assisted by the Weatherization program in the past. Will I qualify for Weatherization assistance?
- As a landlord, am I eligible for Weatherization?
- I am a landlord, how much does the Weatherization Program cost me?
- How much does the program cost the applicant?
- I am a tenant and my landlord will not sign the Landlord Tenant agreement. What do I do?
- How long is the waiting list?
- I qualify for Weatherization assistance. Will you replace my windows and doors?
- Will I have to move out of my home while improvements are made?
- Can you repair my roof?
- Do your services cover homes in the Valley?
- Can I sell my home after it has been assisted by the Weatherization Program?
What is the Weatherization Program?
The Weatherization Program, funded through the U.S. Department of Energy and Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, provides energy efficiency and life safety home improvements to low-income residents at no cost to the household, but within limited Federal and State spending limits. The program’s primary goal is to reduce household energy costs for Anchorage’s neediest residents, while also reducing overall energy dependency in our community. Some highlights of what the program can do:
- Determine the cause of drafts and heat loss in your home
- Offer energy tips to help you reduce costs
- Improve warmth, safety, health, and comfort through long, cold winters
- Test & tune your heating system, air seal your home, seal your ducts, and install smoke & carbon monoxide detectors
How do I get an application?
Applications are available online, at our office (map), and are available through the mail. To receive an application in the mail, please call us at (907) 343-4881. We will ask you a few questions to make sure we give you the correct forms (for example, if you are an owner or renter, if you filed taxes last year, if there are any unemployed adults in your home, and if you live in a mobile home park).
Where are you located?
557 E. Fireweed Lane Suite D
What are the income-limits for the Weatherization Program?
Income limits are established on an annual basis and are adjusted for household size. All occupants of the home (even non-family members) count as members of the household. For
How can I qualify for weatherization?
In addition to income qualification (see above), your house can not have been weatherized since September 30, 1993. You also must live within Municipality of Anchorage boundaries, be up-to-date on your Municipal taxes, and your home can’t be in foreclosure or actively marketed for sale or rent.
I rent. Can I still apply?
Yes, you are still eligible for Weatherization. For renters, we will need landlord approval and utility proof. Rental units are defined by separate entrances and addresses.
I live in a mobile home. Can I apply for the Weatherization Program?
Yes; if you own your mobile home, you may apply for Weatherization. This is true even if you rent the lot your home sits on from a mobile home park owner. If you rent your mobile home, you may apply for Weatherization. If you live in a mobile home park, the park owner or manager will have to consent to our crew being on the property.
My home has been assisted by the Weatherization Program in the past. Will I qualify for Weatherization assistance?
Probably not. Each dwelling is limited to one-time-only program participation unless prior upgrades to the dwelling were completed prior to September 30, 1993, even if you were not living in the dwelling at that time. There is also a limit to the number of units we can do that were weatherized prior to September 30, 1993, so sometimes units in this category are postponed to the next year. Our staff can help you identify when or if your home was weatherized in the past.
As a landlord, am I eligible for Weatherization?
Technically, no. But you may encourage and help your tenants to apply – this is usually the most effective way to weatherize a building with rental units, and you are encouraged to pursue it. If your tenants meet the income guidelines, we can weatherize their units in your building. If at least 66% of the units in your building have qualifying tenants (or 50% for a duplex or four-plex), we can weatherize common systems, such as the roof and common areas. This is frequently where the greatest energy-related cost savings are found.
I am a landlord, how much does the Weatherization Program cost me?
There is no required landlord contribution; however, we do have stricter spending limits for rental units than for owner units. We can exceed these limits when the owner also contributes to the project. Please contact to the Department of Neighborhoods for more information.
How much does the program cost the applicant?
The Weatherization Programs are funded through outside grants and provided without charge.
I am a tenant and my landlord will not sign the Landlord Tenant agreement. What do I do?
We cannot weatherize housing without the owner’s consent, and the owner is not required by law to provide consent. You can try providing more information to the landlord about the benefits of weatherization, but it is the landlord’s right to decline assistance from the program.
How long is the waiting list?
There generally is no waiting list for the Weatherization Program; however, it may take two to six weeks for service. For an update on the wait list, please call the Department of Neighborhoods: 343-4881.
I qualify for Weatherization assistance. Will you replace my windows and doors?
The Weatherization Program prioritizes improvements that have the greatest energy “bang for the buck,” and Weatherization improvements have very limited budgets. Usually, air-sealing and occasional storm windows are just as effective as window replacement, and considerably less costly. The assessor who evaluates your home will determine what improvements the program can make.
Will I have to move out of my home while improvements are made?
Unlikely; we do ask that you secure pets and move furniture out of the way of the work area. We can pay for your temporary location as part of the job; however, this reduces the amount of money available for improvements on your home.
Do your services cover homes in the Valley?
No, our services only cover the Municipality of Anchorage. This does include Eklutna, Chugiak, Eagle River, Indian, Bird Creek, and Girdwood (in addition to Anchorage) but does not include Palmer or Wasilla. Call 907-746-5680 for weatherization if you are a Mat-Su Valley resident. If you have any further questions about whether or not you are inside the Municipality of Anchorage, call us at 343-4881.
Can I sell my home after it has been assisted by the Weatherization Program?
You will not qualify for Weatherization if the house or apartment is actively on the market while we are doing the repairs. The program is not intended for people who anticipate selling their home soon. However, no lien is placed on your home at the conclusion of the program.