Weatherization Referral and Packaging Program (WRAP)
New York State Office for the Aging receives 1.5 per cent of New York State's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funding which is set aside for weatherization and conservation programming, known as Weatherization Referral and Packaging (WRAP). This funding provides the opportunity to coordinate HEAP fuel assistance with the weatherization effort through a statewide referral process. In Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2011-12, the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) received $4,100,000 in WRAP funding, which has been allocated to the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA).
The WRAP program is administered in 57 AAAs. Local WRAP coordinators work to identify low-income, energy-vulnerable elderly households through extensive outreach, targeted publicity, and networking among other energy and aging services providers in the community. The WRAP coordinators assist individuals age 60, and above by arranging for an energy audit of their homes to determine if weatherization repairs are needed, such as insulating windows and doors.
Available energy, housing and social services are coordinated for the elderly who are unable to identify and access them on their own. Other informal resources such as family, neighbors, community organizations and local businesses are encouraged to help. WRAP provides comprehensive, weatherization service and energy conservation education to the most needy elderly. It serves those frail elderly who have difficulty accessing the services available to address their multiple problems of poor housing, inadequate heating and cooling, and poverty level existence.
WRAP identifies other unmet needs of the individual and makes referrals to appropriate agencies. This can make the difference between maintaining individuals in their homes or having to provide them with costly subsidized housing or institutional care. It encourages independence and allows seniors to live out their lives in their own home with an improved quality of life.
This comprehensive approach reduces energy consumption for seniors, which is reflected in lower utility or fuel bills. This energy savings reduces the financial burden of the low income elderly, providing them with more income to pay for other necessities such as food, clothing, or medical care.
Who is Eligible?
Eligibility requirements include the following criteria:
- Clients must be age 60 and above, and receiving a HEAP benefit.
- Homeowner or renting and receiving HEAP. Landlords must pay 25% of repair if tenant is eligible for WRAP.