The Powhatan Renape Nation's Weatherization Program
The Powhatan Renape Nation offers Weatherization to senior citizens, handicapped, and low-income families in the ten southern counties of New Jersey. The weatherization crew has been installing weatherization materials in qualifying homes since 1979. We are pleased with the progress of this program, though recent funding cuts has limited our ability to expand this helpful program.

The Powhatan Renape Nation has served as many as 19,000 people in the past 15 years. Our multi-family dwelling total is 3,500 units. There are approximately 2,500 single family homes.

Our crew takes pride in the work they do to help conserve energy. The crew does a wonderful job of keeping the cold air out and the warm air in.

We hope to continue delivering our services to those who need our help!

Weatherization Assistance Program Fact Sheet

Who's served

Income
  • Any household at or below the higher of 15% of the federal poverty level or 60% of the state median income.
  • Over 90% of low-income households have an annual income under $15,000.
  • Two-thirds have an annual income under $9.000.
  • More than 13% have an annual income under $2,000.
Burden
  • Low-income households spend 14% of their annual income on energy vs. 3.5% spent by other households.
  • The average annual energy expenditure in a low-income household was $1.140 in 1997.
  • 34% of low-income households have an elderly resident.
  • 24% of low-income households have young children.
Services
  • Professionally trained crews weatherize single-family homes, multifamily dwellings, and mobile homes.
  • Computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic equipment are used to identify energy-saving measures that are cost effective or essential for health and safety.
  • Examples of energy-saving measures include installation and insulation and ventilation fans, heating and cooling tune-ups and modifications, replacement of units for energy efficiency and safety; air sealing, and energy-efficient lighting.
  • Clients are educated about the proper use and maintenance of installed weatherization measures.
Results
  • Over 5 million homes weatherized to date with federal and leveraged funds such as state and utility monies and fuel assistance program funds.
  • Average primary heating savings of 23%; often 25%-30%.
  • Favorable cost-benefit ration of 1.8.
  • Supports approximately 8,000 jobs nationwide - 52 direct jobs for every million dollars invested.
Quality of Life
  • Improves health and safety, including reducing carbon monoxide emissions and eliminating fire hazards.
  • Lessens the excessive financial burden of families most in need and thus the often difficult choice between food and fuel. Weatherization helps lo
  • w-income families gain financial independence, offering a hand-up, not a handout.
Funding
Funding for the Weatherization Assistance Program comes from several sources. Federal funds include the DOE/Weatherization Assistance Program appropriation and the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant. Funds provided by utilities, the state, and other sources account for the remainder.

The program's effectiveness lies in the flexibility of core DOE weatherization funding, which enables states and local agencies to leverage additional funding from low-income housing programs, from utilities, and, in the case of rental unit weatherization, from property owners.

For additional information, or to find out if you qualify for this program, contact Joanne at 609-261-4747 or jhawkins@powhatan.org