Baltimore County Now
Nkechi Animashaun, Baltimore County Department of Planning
It can be a real catch-22 - you can’t afford high energy bills, and can’t afford to weatherize your home. Low-income households can reduce their energy costs with help from a Baltimore County program that helps pay for home weatherproofing and insulation. New doors, windows, siding, and insulation repairs and installation can help weatherize homes, cut energy costs for residents, and improve the environment by using less energy.
Funds are available to low-income homeowners and renters, with priority given to homeowners, elderly and disabled people, families with children, and households with high energy use. Eligible applicants must first meet income requirements set by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
The Weatherization Assistance Program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Baltimore County Department of Planning, Division of Neighborhood Improvement administers the program in the County.
To be considered for the weatherization program, an applicant must be at least 18 years old and a Baltimore County resident living in a property located in Baltimore County. The applicant will be asked to provide proof of identity, the names and income of all householders, as well as proof of residency. Prospective applicants that currently rent can initiate the process, but must have the landlord’s approval and all supporting documents to complete the application process. Once an application is complete, a certified energy auditor will assess the property for the most efficient way to conserve energy and apply energy saving techniques.
The Weatherization Assistance Program helps homeowners who need some extra financial help weatherproofing their homes. We all benefit when every home uses less energy.
More information and an application is available on the Office of Planning’s Housing Opportunities web page.