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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Weatherization Assistance Program

Department of Energy Partnership

NMCAA has been selected to be part of a pilot program through the Department of Energy that is designed to further reduce the energy burden of homes that have received weatherization in the past. To find out more, read the latest article in the Michigan Community Action Catalyst newsletter.

Watch a short video by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Weatherization Assistance 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 in our service area. 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                  $ 6,070

                2 persons                $ 8,230

                3 persons                $10,390

                4 persons                $12,550

                5 persons                $14,710

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 Laura Dehnke at (231) 947-3780
or (800) 632-7334.

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

Return completed form to, or
print out and mail to:

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

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 here.

This page last updated on 12/14/2018.

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


Are you looking to make a difference in your community? Join the Weatherization team and help reduce energy costs for those who need it most! 40 hours/week year round, $14.83/hr. plus benefits. Must pass clearances. Some responsibilities include installing all types of insulation, replacement windows, doors, general air sealing, blower door testing, various general carpentry work. Must be able to work in attics and crawl spaces, lift 50 lbs. to at least waist height, work from ladders and while crawling. Apply online on this website by Dec. 31st. Those who apply by Dec. 21st will be considered for first round interviews beginning first week of Jan. Applications still accepted after Dec. 31st until position is filled.

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