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Weatherization Assistance Program

What is it?

Community Development Weatherization Project is a part of the State of Louisiana and a nationwide Energy Conservation Program.

Program Goals

  • To conserve energy nationwide by making repairs to houses of low income individuals that will decrease the amount of energy used to heat and cool them.
  • To lower the heating bill for elderly and disabled individuals.

Who is Eligible?

  • Low income residents of East Baton Rouge Parish that meet program requirements are eligible for weatherization services.
  • In order to receive assistance, the following qualifications must be met.
  • The applicant must meet the income requirements specified by the agency.
  • The applicant's home must also meet certain requirements specified by the agency. The property must be able to be properly weatherized within the cost.
  • The repairs that the weatherization crew will make on your house will be energy conservation repairs, that is, to keep cold air from seeping into your house during the winter or cold air from seeping out during the summer months.
  • This program is only for weatherization improvements. It is not a remodeling or housing rehabilitation program.

Repairs That Can Be Made and Examples

  • Sealing, caulking cracks around windows and doors
  • Installing weather-stripping around doors to seal them
  • Replacing broken window panes
  • Repairing holes in floors
  • Attic insulation
  • Installation of hot water heater blankets

Repairs That Cannot Be Made and Examples

  • Plumbing repairs
  • Electrical repairs
  • Painting (except to protect exterior wood which we have installed)
  • Cosmetic Repairs, such as, interior remodeling
  • We cannot install or repair screens, or screen doors
  • Level the foundation

Who Does The Repair Work?

The program is operated by the Office of Community Development (OCD). The actual work is done by the OCD Maintenance carpentry crews or by licensed contractors.

What Happens When I Apply?

Before any work is scheduled, an OCD representative will take your application to determine your eligibility for the program. All information will be verified.

After your income eligibility is determined, an OCD representative will contact you to inspect your home for the purpose of deciding if weatherization improvements are appropriate.

You will be notified by letter of your eligibility or non-eligibility. If denied eligibility, the letter will specify an appeal process.

Repairs are based on need, and with priority given to elderly and handicapped.

OCD Weatherization Program is for low income families who cannot afford the cost of making the weatherized repairs. All participants must meet the following income guidelines:

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Each additional person over 8, add $4,080.00 per person.

Where Do I Apply?

Contact a Community Service Officer of the Office of Community Development.

Phone:  (225) 389- 3039
TDD: (225) 389-3982

Discrimination in the delivery of services is prohibited. Federal Law prohibits discrimination because of race, color, national origin, or handicap.