The tools below should make it easier for your agency to form and sustain new partnerships between the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and Healthy Homes programs. These resources include examples of integrated audit tools, publicity strategies, fundraising resources, and more.
Sample Healthy Homes-WAP Assessment Forms
Healthy Homes Intake Form (PDF, 123 KB) – The Opportunity Council (OC) of Bellingham, WA, is the agency responsible for inspiring DOE and NASCSP to take Weatherization Plus Health to the national level. OC integrated healthy homes activities into their weatherization program well over a decade ago. OC uses this intake form to determine childhood asthma status, enrollment in Head Start, and housing characteristics prior to the initial home audit.
New Hampshire One Touch Form (PDF, 104 KB) – The New Hampshire One Touch Pilot is a pioneer initiative that has since spread to Omaha, Nebraska. Through this initiative, clients may receive referrals to Head Start, smoking cessation programs, lead hazard control, weatherization, asthma education, and more, depending on their health, housing, or energy needs. One Touch partners use an integrated assessment form that contains consent language for referrals and information sharing
Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Comprehensive Assessment Tool (PDF, 722 KB) – The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is a leader in the movement to integrate weatherization and healthy homes activities. With 17 sites across the country, GHHI uses a comprehensive assessment tool to document all healthy housing and energy efficiency needs that low income clients may have.
Asset Mapping Resources
Example of Asset and GAP Analysis Mapping Chart (PDF, 70 KB) – GHHI has adopted an inventive approach to documenting the available resources in their pilot communities. Based on work done by GHHI Detroit, this Asset and Gap Analysis Map details funding levels, funding timelines, service coverage areas, and allowable health and safety interventions for each partner in their collaborative.
Types of Partners and Potential Benefits (PDF, 192 KB) – Many Weatherization Plus Health collaborations involve outside of the box partnerships that really help move an initiative forward. This table describes the benefits of collaboration with a variety of partners
Publicizing your partnership’s achievements is critical to long-term success. Learning to tell the story of your agency or program can make the difference in pursuing future funding opportunities and shoring up political and general public support for your efforts. The following documents may help you find new ways to market the value of your program:
- Harnessing the Conversation: Raising Awareness of WAP using Social Media
- Weatherization Site Demonstration Toolkit
- WAP Storytelling Manual
Community Foundation Locators
Community foundations can serve as good resources for leveraging private funds and may be receptive to your message of improving community health through housing interventions. The following websites can help you find foundations that serve your community and may be interested in your partnership’s work.
Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Grantee Locator – NSP works to renovate foreclosed homes. Grantees listed here may be interested in forging new partnerships around home repair.
DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy) – Those interested in forming partnerships with utility companies may find this link helpful. The database catalogues information about incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency from utility companies as well as Federal, State, and local entities.
Innovative Funding Strategies
Fee for Service Weatherization – The South Central Community Action Partnership in Twin Falls, Idaho, has been a leader in developing a fee for service weatherization program that has helped save jobs and contributed to energy savings for middle-income families. This presentation provides information about how the agency successfully integrated a for-profit weatherization arm to support their non-profit work.