The West Virginia Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) manages the state’s low-income Weatherization assistance program. OEO contracts statewide with 12 local community action agencies that employ trained weatherization crews to install in low-income homes energy efficiency and conservation measures prescribed by energy audits and diagnostic testing.
Coalfield Community Action Partnership, Inc. is one of twelve community action agencies in the state that operate the Weatherization assistance program, with our service area being that of Boone, Clay, Kanawha and Mingo Counties.
To be considered eligible for the program the home must be structurally adaptable for weatherization materials and the family must be at or below 200% of the poverty guidelines, with particular focus on elderly, children and/or disabled clients.
The program conducts tests for carbon monoxide, gas leak detection, and flue, chimney and vent pipe inspection. For each home the program can insulate attics, walls, floors, water heater, ducts and pipes; also repair holes in floors, ceilings, windows and doors by repairing or replacing. Furnace, water heater and refrigerator replacement are also possible if warranted. Keep in mind, that the specific work on each home is dependent upon the need based on thorough pre and post-work inspections.
This program has benefited the community for many years. State statistics show as much as a 23% reduction in energy bills, which makes more money available in the household to keep bills current, and to pay for food, medicine and other necessities.