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CSD administers the following federal- and state-funded programs:

Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP)

The Low‐Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) installs solar photovoltaics (PV) , solar hot water heaters, and energy efficiency measures in low‐income single family and multi‐family dwellings in disadvantaged communities to reduce GHG emissions and save energy.  LIWP is one of California’s Climate Investments (funded by Cap‐and‐Trade auction proceeds).

LIWP makes investments within disadvantaged communities identified by the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) through a tool known as CalEnviroScreen 2.0. This tool uses geographic, socioeconomic, public health, and environmental hazard criteria to identify vulnerable communities disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution. 

LIWP also provides important co‐benefits such as  reducing air pollution, improving public health, helping achieve air quality standards, reducing energy costs for recipients, and offering new job training opportunities.  

For more information on LIWP, click here

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

Federally funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is designed to provide a range of services to assist low-income families and individuals attain the skills, knowledge, and motivation necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. CSBG supports a broad range of locally determined services, including employment services, education, income support/management, housing, emergency services, health, and nutritional services, among others. CSBG funding also enables local community organizations to develop long range solutions to revitalize low-income communities, reduce poverty, and develop public/private partnerships.

Services provided with CSBG funds must contribute to the achievement of one or more of the following six goals:

  • Low-income people become more self-sufficient 
  • The conditions in which low-income people live are improved
  • Low-income people own a stake in their community
  • Partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low-income people are achieved
  • Agencies increase their capacity to achieve results
  • Low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family and other supportive environments

For more information about services offered under CSBG, click here.

For income guidelines relating to community services provided under CSBG, click here.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP provides assistance to eligible low-income households to manage and meet their immediate home heating and/or cooling needs. This is accomplished through the following program components: 

  • The LIHEAP Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides financial assistance to offset heating and/or cooling costs for low-income households. 
  • The LIHEAP Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) provides assistance to low-income households in a crisis situation, such as receiving a notice to disconnect or terminate utility services, a life-threatening energy-related crisis caused by a household’s heating/cooling system or an energy-related emergency created by a natural disaster. 
  • The LIHEAP Weatherization Program provides services that help to reduce heating/cooling costs and improve household energy efficiency, while improving the health and safety of the occupants. 

Assurance 16 provides education on basic energy efficiency practices and instruction on the proper use and maintenance of installed weatherization measures, energy budget counseling, and coordination with utility companies.

For more information about utility assistance services, click here.

For income guidelines relating to utility assistance services provided under LIHEAP, click here.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides eligible low-income households with services designed to improve the energy efficiency of their home, thereby reducing energy usage and costs. This program also offers some health and safety weatherization measures, as well as education on basic energy efficiency practices, and the proper use and maintenance of the measures installed. Weatherization measures may include weather-stripping, insulation, caulking, water heater blankets, refrigerator replacement, electric water heater repair/replacement, heating and cooling system repair/replacement, compact fluorescent lamps, and thermostat repair/replacement.

For more information about energy efficiency services, click here.

For income guidelines relating to energy efficiency services provided under WAP, click here.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program

In response to the national problem of childhood lead poisoning from lead-based paint, the federal government has made grants available to states and local governments to evaluate cost-effective approaches to the problem in low-income privately owned housing. Units that are pre-1978, occupied by a child with elevated lead blood levels or occupied by a child under the age of six are targeted for lead hazard control. CSD contracts with community-based and local government organizations to provide services in targeted counties.

For more information regarding residential lead abatement services, click here.

For income guidelines relating to lead abatement services provided under the HUD Lead Program, click here.

Note: All of CSD's programs are offered to eligible low-to-moderate income Californians. Depending on the program, income eligibility ranges from 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to 80 percent of Area Median Income.