The Weatherization Assistance Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is administered in New York State by DHCR. The purpose of the program is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential energy expenditures and improve their health and safety, especially low-income persons who are particularly vulnerable such as the elderly, handicapped and children.
The term Weatherization first appeared during the energy crisis of the 1970's and was used to describe the process of making the outer skin of a building better able to confront the harsh extremes of weather. The Weatherization Assistance Program, a Federal initiative created in 1976, provides States funds to subgrantees to weatherize both small homes and multifamily buildings.
The New York State Weatherization Assistance Program is the largest residential energy conservation program in the country.
Residents and homeowners can take action to increase the comfort of their homes while lowering energy bills and reducing energy waste.
Getting a home energy assessment can help you take control of your energy costs. It can identify where your house is using the most energy and which improvements would have the biggest impact on your bottom line. Heating and cooling costs frequently account for 50% of residential energy bills. Identifying your energy waste can lead to big savings.
Visit nyserda.energysavvy.com to get an energy assessment.
The mission of the Corporation, as originally established, was to create decent affordable housing for persons of low-income by providing loans and grants for the rehabilitation of existing housing or the construction of new housing under the Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Program .
The Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) receives an annual legislative appropriation to administer the RESTORE Program. RESTORE funds may be used to pay for the cost of emergency repairs to eliminate hazardous conditions in homes owned by the elderly when the homeowners cannot afford to make the repairs in a timely fashion.
'Hazardous conditions' are those housing deficiencies identified by Margert's RESTORE emergency repair auditor and determined to threaten the life, health and/or safety of the senior owner-occupant.
The Access to Home program provides funds to not-for-profit organizations and municipalities to make the homes and apartments of low and moderate income New Yorkers with disabilities more accessible. Under the program, home adaptations and alterations will be made to enable persons with disabilities to remain or return to their own homes rather than enter or stay in more costly and more restrictive institutional settings.
As a member of the Con Edison Green Team, Margert Community Corporation helps eligible buildings to reduce their energy usage by providing technical services and incentives for the installation of cost-effective energy efficiency improvements. We work closely with the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. (AEA), the Implementation Contractor responsible for carrying out the program in Con Edison gas and electric service territory.