Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

ARRA Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

NOTICE: The Recovery Act Weatherization Assistance Program ended June 30, 2012. For current Weatherization activities, visit the regular Weatherization Assistance Program.

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Ramp-down Resource Center

The ARRA WAP Ramp-down guidance files posted below are working documents. Be sure to review these documents frequently for updated guidance. If you have any questions about the ARRA WAP ramp-down process, please contact your assigned Program Officer.

General Guidance Date Posted Date Revised
Ramp-down Guidance (PDF) 11/03/2011 2/16/2012
Ramp-down Timeline (PDF) 11/03/2011 2/13/2012
Ramp-down Checklist of “Closeout Actions” (PDF) 11/03/2011 2/14/2012
Q&A from 2/17/2012 Webinar Presentation (PDF) 02/22/2012  
Property Disposition Date Posted Date Revised
Property Disposition Process and Guidance (PDF) 11/03/2011 12/2/2011
TDHCA Inventory Sheet (DOC) 11/03/2011 2/16/2012
Client Eligibility Date Posted Date Revised
Sample Client Letter for Income Eligibility Change (DOC) 11/23/2011  
Texas Workforce Commission Date Posted Date Revised
UI Payment Flowchart for Agencies (PDF) 12/12/2011  
Prepayment of Unemployment Insurance (PDF) 12/2/2011  
TWC Voluntary Contribution Program (PDF) 12/2/2011  
Unemployment Benefits Estimator
(https://services.twc.state.tx.us)
02/13/2012  
Historic Preservation Date Posted Date Revised
SHPO Questions (PDF) 12/5/2011 2/15/2012
Final Texas Historical Commission Annual Exemption Report Template (XLS) 12/5/2011  
1512 Reporting Date Posted Date Revised
1512 Reporting Instructions 02/17/2012  
ARRA Household Database Date Posted Date Revised
ARRA HH Upload Instructions and Template 03/1/2012  

Program Information

Federal Agency:

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Modeled After This Existing Program:

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

Total National Funding Provided in the Recovery Act:

$5,000,000,000

Estimated TDHCA Annual Amount Before the Recovery Act:

$13,000,000 Note: This reflects approximately $5 million in annual DOE WAP and approximately $8 million from the federal Low Income Home Energy Program directed toward this activity.

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Supplemental TDHCA Amount (in addition to “before” amount above):

$326,975,732

Program Summary

  • WAP funds local agencies to provide minor home repairs that increase energy efficiency. The measures funded ultimately reduce the family’s overall energy consumption, create a healthier living environment and reduce the state’s overall demand for energy.
  • Allowed activities under the existing WAP program include:
    • measures to reduce air filtration, such as replacement of doors and windows, repairing of holes and caulking;
    • installation of ceiling, wall and floor insulation;
    • replacement of energy inefficient appliances and heating and cooling units; and
    • energy education to help families reduce their energy consumption.
  • The Recovery Act increases the income limit for the population that may be served from 150% to 200% of federal poverty guidelines.
    • NOTE: The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (the Department) currently sets the income limit at 125% of federal poverty guidelines.
  • The Recovery Act raises the monetary cap that may be spent on each household from $2,500 to $6,500.
    • NOTE: The Department currently combines DOE WAP funds with other funds to provide an average of $4,000 per household.
  • The Recovery Act increases the maximum percentage of funds that can be used for training and technical assistance from 10% to 20%.

Timeline:

  • The initial application was submitted to DOE on March 23, 2009.
  • The complete application is due to DOE on May 12, 2009.
  • The Recovery Act states that, unless provided for otherwise under the Act, all funds shall be available for obligation until September 30, 2010.

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Program Resources

Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

TDHCA Recommended Practice on Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (PDF)

Buy American Provision

Buy American Provision FAQs and further assistance is available from DOE at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/recovery/buy_american_provision.html, including:

  • Buy American Desk Guide
  • Guidance on the Buy American Provisions as Applied to EERE Projects funded by ARRA effective December 17, 2009.

HUD Public Housing Guidance for the Buy American Provision (PDF)

WAP Auditor, Assessor and Inspector Qualified Vendor List

TDHCA has requested proposals from firms with a minimum of two years prior experience in providing weatherization auditor, assessor and/or inspection services in compliance with WAP and TDHCA rules, standards and guidelines. Successful applicants appear on the TDHCA Weatherization Auditor, Assessor and Inspector Qualified Vendor List to be hired by WAP subrecipients. WAP subrecipients are not limited to the Qualified Vendor List when procuring auditor, assessors and inspectors. Note that WAP Subrecipients must follow applicable procurement rules and policy.

WAP Auditor, Assessor and Inspector Qualified Vendor List (PDF)

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Deobligation/Reobligation Rule

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Priority List for Single Family and Small, Multifamily Buildings

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Plans and Agreements

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Reporting Resources

Weekly Status Report

Monthly Production Schedules

Reporting Calendar

DOE ARRA WAP Calendar (May 2010 - September 2011):

Monthly Reports
Monthly Reporting 5th
Production Schedules 7th
Previously Weatherized Units & ARRA Households 15th
Quarterly Reports
1512 Quarterly Reporting
(Done quarterly on the 5th)
July 5, 2010
October 5, 2010
January 5, 2011
April 5, 2011
July 5, 2011
October 5, 2011
Final Reports
Final Report for DOE ARRA WAP Contract will be due October 31, 2011.

For more information on Recovery Act Reporting, please visit the ARRA Reporting page.

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Training Resources

Background

Disclaimer: The TDHCA estimates are based on an initial analysis of ARRA and other sources and do not take into account federal rules, which may be developed by the respective federal agency responsible for these funds, and may have a direct bearing on the amount of funds made available to TDHCA and Texas. TDHCA has attempted to use existing formulas as a basis for establishing estimates of the amount of funds however the Department believes that significant adjustments will be made that will have either positive or negative impact on the final funding amounts.