The Weatherization Assistance Program through Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency provides services to low and moderate income homeowners & renters in the Racine & Kenosha County area. These services could possibly consist of attic and sidewall insulation, crawlspace and foundation insulation, pipe wrap, heating system repair or replacement, refrigerator upgrade, and light bulb replacement with Energy Star products. Services are provided to Racine & Kenosha County residents year round.
To be eligible for services:
Clients must first apply and be approved for Energy Assistance.
Racine County residents by calling ESI @ (262)633-6000
or going to ESI @ 1654 Washington Ave Racine, WI 53403.
Kenosha County residents can apply by calling UMOS @ (262)657-2160
or going to UMOS @ 1330 52nd St Kenosha, WI 53140.
For further income guidelines and Energy Assistance information follow this link:
Who qualifies, length:
There is no cost to eligible Energy Assistance clients to be able to have Weatherization work done to the home. The services for the Weatherization program are available to those who own or rent, single family home or multi-family homes. The process of Weatherization takes place over a period of time. Starting from the outreach, the auditing of the home to determine what Weatherization steps will be done to the home, to the production of the work and the inspection of all final work completed. Length of time could take anywhere from 6-10 months for completion of the Weatherization process.
The main focus of the program:
The main focus of the Weatherization program is to reduce energy consumption, educate customers on how they can continue to save energy, complete some measures to help improve the health & safety of the building and help identify some potential health hazards such as lead paint, mold, vermiculite, and asbestos. Health hazards are usually not dealt with in the Weatherization Program but every effort is made to refer customers to appropriate programs for possible help.
Here is a list of possible programs that could help with services that are outside of the Weatherization’s program area.
http://www.doa.state.wi.us/Divisions/Housing/CDBG-Housing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – Small Cities Housing Program
http://www.doa.state.wi.us/Divisions/Housing/CDBG-RLF CDBG - Housing Revolving Loan Fund Program
http://www.doa.state.wi.us/Divisions/Housing/HHR#description HOME Homebuyer and Rehabilitation Program
Deferral of Weatherization Services:
The decision to defer work is difficult but necessary in some cases. The Agency uses their best judgment in dealing with difficult situations. Weatherization services shall be deferred when:
- The customer refuses work items that cause the proposed cumulative Savings to Investment Ratio (SIR) to drop below 1.0.
- A repair or health and safety measure cause the proposed cumulative SIR to drop below 1.0.
- The building condition or occupants presents a serious crew or subcontractor safety concern.
- There are no energy conservation measures to complete and/or the cumulative SIR is less than 1.0.
- There are changes to household eligibility status.
- The building is listed for sale, in foreclosure proceedings or is foreclosed.
- The home contains vermiculite.
- Clutter/restricted access to work areas.
- Sewage/animal feces.
- Lead Paint hazard.
- Chemical or Combustion hazard.
- Remodeling and/or repair.