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October 14, 2013
Home Weatherproofing Assistance for Low-Income Families

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Find out how the federal government's Weatherization Assistance Program helps millions of low-income households weatherproof their homes.


Since 1976, the federal government's Weatherization Assistance Program has helped millions of low-income households weatherproof their homes, dramatically lowering home utility bills and the country's overall energy usage.

Around 30 million families are eligible. For example, those receiving Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children automatically qualify.

If accepted, you'll receive a professional energy consultation. Depending on what's found, they will then conduct needed repairs and install equipment at no cost.

Even if you aren't eligible for the program, you may qualify for short-term utility bill assistance through the government's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Bottom line: Don't let personal income challenges stand in the way of weatherproofing your home or repaying your heating bill this winter.

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