CMCA's Weatherization Assistance Program assists in achieving a healthy dwelling environment and maximum practicable energy conservation in housing for people with low income. One main goal of the program is to help those persons least able to afford high energy costs conserve energy thereby allowing families to use the money saved for more pressing family needs. In addition, it provides a safer, healthier living environment for the residents and reduces energy demands for the whole community.
CMCA has been operating a weatherization assistance program since 1975. The program is available to all income eligible residents in the agency’s eight counties.
Who is Eligible for the Program?
Eligibility is based on total household income and family size (see Figure 1) which cannot exceed the 200% federal poverty income guidelines. If you own or rent, live in a single family home, multi family housing complex or a mobile home you can apply for weatherization assistance. If you rent, we must obtain written permission from your landlord before weatherization services can be performed.
Where and How Do I Apply?
To apply for weatherization services, fill out the required application. You may mail the completed application to 800 North Providence, Suite 104, Columbia, MO 65203.Required Documents:
- Proof of ALL household income for previous three months (not including the month you apply)
- Utility bill with account number
- Homeowners - Provide proof of home ownership
- Renters - Provide property owner or landlord's name, address and telephone number
How Does the Program Work?The program consists of four basic steps:
- Application to determine income eligibility
- Energy audit of the dwelling by a professional energy auditor
- Installation of approved energy conservation measures (such as insulation and caulking)
- A final inspection to assure work quality completeness and customer satisfaction
How Will I Benefit from Participating?
Weatherization reduces your energy use for an extended period of time. Some weatherization methods such as insulating your walls or attic, for example, will continue to provide you savings for the lifetime of your house - 30 years or more. Others, such as making your heating equipment more efficient, will provide savings for 10 to 15 years.
After Applying - The Next Step
After you have signed up for the Weatherization Program your application will be processed to determine if you are eligible for the service. If all the necessary information is available, a letter will be sent to you informing you of your eligibility for the program. The letter will give you information about the selection process for clients who are on our waiting list for weatherization service.
The Energy Auditor will select clients from our waiting list according to priorities described in the eligibility letter. You will then be contacted by phone to schedule an appointment for an energy audit to determine what improvements are needed to make your home more energy efficient. A private contractor or agency crew will complete all approved work.
The Weatherization office is located at:
800 North Providence, Suite 104
Columbia, MO 65203