What We Do

Home Weatherization Assistance Program

CEDA’s Weatherization Program provides solutions to reduce energy costs and make homes more energy efficient for eligible residents in Cook County, Illinois.

We install energy saving measures to increase home performance, reduce energy and save money for our clients. We do this through inspections, insulation, and air sealing. Our services are performed at no cost to eligible applicants depending on the program. The Multi-family program requires a 50% contribution of mechanical costs.

  • Size of Household 150%
    Annual Income
    State & HHS Funds
    200%
    Annual Income
    DOE Funds
    1 $17,820 $23,760
    2 $24,030 $32,040
    3; $30,240 $40,320
    4 $36,450 $48,600
    5 $42,660 $56,880
    6 $48,870 $65,160
    7 $55,095 $73,460
    8 $61,335 $81,780

    If a household’s combined income for the 90 days prior to application is at or below 150% or 200% of federal poverty guidelines, they may be eligible to receive weatherization assistance. Weatherization is a one-time program by address. Homeowners that move into a home that has not been weatherized since 9/30/1994 are eligible for weatherization if they meet the programmatic guidelines. Clients are eligible for weatherization at a new address if it has not been previously weatherized.

  • What kind of work does Weatherization do?

    Weatherization provides safety and health equipment, repairs or replaces heating systems, seals air bypasses and other drafty areas, increases attic, wall, basement, and crawl space insulation.

    What are the steps of the Weatherization Process?

    1. Application is approved or denied
    2. Home Verification by CEDA Weatherization Assessor
    3. Home Assessment by CEDA Weatherization Assessor
    4. Client will be assigned to a contractor who will do the work on their home
    5. A CEDA Final Inspector will inspect the work done on the home.

    How long does Weatherization have to complete work on a home?

    Weatherization has 1 year from application approval to complete weatherization work on a home.

    Is a client eligible for weatherization if they’ve had Weatherization before?

    Weatherization is a onetime program by address.  Anyone whose home has been weatherized by CEDA since 9/30/1994 is not eligible for weatherization, regardless if they were living there at the time or not. Clients are eligible for weatherization at a new address if it has not been previously weatherized.

    Is there warranty on the work completed by CEDA Weatherization?

    There’s a one year warranty on the work done, starting on the FINAL INSPECTION date.The warranty does not include repairing or replacing a furnace that has been Cleaned and Tuned. Clients should first call their contractor if they have an issue during their warranty period. Contractors may subcontract work to other people, if the client needs to call a contractor within their warranty period they should call the contractor they were assigned to first.

Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program

CEDA Weatherization is a year-round program using state-of-the-art technology to make homes more energy-efficient for qualifying low-income clients in Chicago and suburban Cook County. Weatherization provides safety and health equipment, repairs or replaces heating systems, seals air bypasses and other drafty areas, increases attic, wall, basement, and crawl space insulation. These measures will save energy for homeowners and keep homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

Multi-Family Weatherization Assistance Program

The Multi-Family Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) is for building owners who provide housing to income-eligible residents in Chicago and suburban Cook County. The program will require a 50% mechanical contribution from the owner, if 66% or more of the tenants are income eligible. IHWAP is a federally and state funded program that helps to make low-income housing more energy efficient, safe and comfortable. Weatherization measures are identified during an energy audit conducted by CEDA’s state-certified assessors.