Weatherization Crew member insulating an attic
Weatherization Crew member insulating an attic
Ceiling with heat loss
Ceiling with heat loss
Added sillbox insulation
Added sillbox insulation
A window before and after weatherization
A window before and after weatherization
Programmable thermostats save energy.
Programmable thermostats save energy.

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Low-Income Weatherization

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The Home Weatherization Program is funded by the Federal Department of Energy (DOE) and administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The program provides free energy conservation services for eligible low-income households. DHHS contracts with Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) to operate the program. The Agency determines applicant eligibility, performs the necessary inspections and weatherization and contracts with mechanical contractors to complete mechanical work. Services may include:

  • Home Energy Audit
  • Weather-stripping, caulking, general air sealing
  • Window/door repair or replacement
  • Attic, foundation, wall, or sill box insulation
  • Programmable thermostat installation
  • Furnace, water heater, refrigerator tune-up or replacement

Studies show an average of 15% to 40% reduction of fuel usage.
(Actual results may vary.)

Who may be eligible for these services?

Homeowners and renters who meet the following guidelines:

                Household Size       Last 3 months of Gross Income

                1 person                  $ 6,030

                2 persons                $ 8,120

                3 persons                $10,210

                4 persons                $12,300

                5 persons                $14,390

Homes cannot be for sale, in foreclosure, or in remodeling at the time of inspection, and homes must be occupied by the applicant. Homes cannot be re-weatherized if they have been served by our program since 9/30/1994.

The Agency service area covers the following 10 Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford.

For program information, contact Lisa Ritter at (231) 947-3780
or (800) 632-7334.

To begin the application process, fill out the 
Weatherization Referral Form.

Return completed form to lritter@nmcaa.net, or
print out and mail to:

NMCAA
Attn: Weatherization
3963 Three Mile Rd.
Traverse City, MI  49686

PLEASE NOTE: THE REFERRAL FORM IS NOT THE WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM APPLICATION
By submitting the Referral Form, you are added to the wait list for the county in which you live. For more information on approximate length of wait lists, please call our office. For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the program, click on "Weatherization FAQ" on the right column of this page.

This page last updated on 11/14/2017.

Click on the link below for a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the Weatherization Program.  Weatherization  FAQ

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