Description of Services: Our primary objective is to reduce fuel expenditures for the low-income household. Our program conducts furnace efficiency testing where gas or oil is the primary heating source. We clean and fine tune the furnace when efficiency is below 75%. In some cases where efficiency is extremely low, a high efficiency model may be installed. Heating and/or hot water tank repairs or replacements as approved by Housing and Community Renewal (HCR). We install perimeter, attic and/or wall insulation, possible window and door repair or replacement. Air sealing may include weather-stripping, caulking and/or repair of cracked glass and sash, sill and thresholds of doors and windows. Possible refrigerator replacement as approved by Housing and Community Renewal.
Target Population/Eligibility Criteria: Services are restricted to homes in the City of Rochester. We offer services to both renters and homeowners based on income guidelines. Where renters are the occupants, the homeowner has to make an owner investment of a minimum of 25% of the cost of which all of the investment less 10% for construction management fees are used to assist in the weatherization costs. Homeowners who meet the income guidelines are eligible for free services. Eligibility for renters are based on the renter’s income, the application is a joint application between tenant, landlord and the agency.
How to apply: Interested persons/households should complete an application and bring it and the following documentation to our office in person:
- Income verification for the last 30 days, must be consecutive. Please click here for the 2016 -2017 income guidelines.
- Identification for all household members.
- Proof of ownership that identifies the property tax identification number, this number is found on the deed or a property tax bill, if you prefer to use a document that does not include this number please visit the City of Rochester website to get your property tax identification number.
- Provide one year’s history of your therm and kilowatt usage from your heating supplier, or twelve (12) months of oil history.
If you have received services in the past, we may not be able to provide service to your home again. Please call the office to find out if your address qualifies for service.
Where to apply: You may apply in person at 550 E. Main St. Rochester, NY 14604. No appointment is necessary to apply. Walk-ins are welcome between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. In person interviews are necessary. Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions regarding the application process.