You May Qualify for Home Comfort Upgrades at NO COST!

December 21, 2020
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Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland’s (HFHMM) Weatherization Program is provided to income-qualified homeowners in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, and is entirely free to those homeowners.

What is the program?

The program is designed to improve the energy efficiency, overall indoor air quality, and comfort of your home. An easy way to think about weatherization is that it helps keep in heat during the winter and cool air during the summer. Every year, the Maryland Energy Administration grants HFHMM with funding to implement scopes of services in eligible households relating to air sealing, insulation, duct sealing, efficient lighting, and in some cases: ENERGY STAR(C) certified appliance replacements, and HVAC system repairs and/or upgrade.

If you find that you have asbestos or anything else, please note that these companies that remove, repair, or encapsulate asbestos-containing materials in Maryland must be licensed by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). A license is valid for one year and must be renewed annually. A list of  licensed asbestos contractors (2016 edition) can be found on the MDE website.

In addition, MDE maintains a list of  companies that provide air quality testing , including testing for the presence of asbestos. The companies on this list are not required to be licensed, so consumers should request information regarding the credentials, training, and experience provided by a company they may retain.

Before hiring a professional, ask for references from previous clients. Find out if they were satisfied. Ask whether the professional has handled similar situations. Get cost estimates from several professionals, as the charges for these services can vary.

In addition to general asbestos contractors, you may select a roofing, flooring, or plumbing contractor trained to handle asbestos when it is necessary to remove and replace roofing, flooring, siding, or asbestos-cement pipe that is part of a water system. Normally, roofing and flooring contractors are exempt from state and local licensing requirements because they do not perform any other asbestos-correction work.

For additional indoor air quality concerns, please contact check out the DEP website.

Homes meeting the following criterion should apply:

  • Home must be owned by applicant or household member and be primary place of residence
  • Homeowner must be able to provide proof of homeowners insurance
  • Household income must be below 80% of AMI based on the table below:
Household Size Maximum Income Annual Allowed (gross)
1 $55,750
2 $63,700
3 $71,650
4 $79,600
5 $86,000
6 $92,350
7 $98,750
8+ $105,100

*there is no minimum income needed to qualify
*HFHMM does not consider assets

  • Demonstrated need for weatherization services (ie. high utility bills, insufficient attic insulation, HVAC over 20 years of age or older, etc.) to be assessed by HFHMM and an independent weatherization contractor provided by the program.
  • The home also must not have any of the following conditions:
    1. Active roof leaks
    2. Known mold issues
    3. Pests in attic or crawlspaces
    4. Previous weatherization
    5. Asbestos insulation

Homeowners interested in participating in our programs can submit an inquiry online or over the phone/mail by requesting an informational packet which includes an inquiry form.



2 comments on "You May Qualify for Home Comfort Upgrades at NO COST!"

  1. MaryJo Cosgrove says:

    This is awesome. I had no idea what is available through the county.
    Thank you for posting.

    1. Larissa Johnson says:

      Thank you for that post – this response is exactly why we post blog posts like this – we want to make sure residents know about programs that are available to help lower utility costs and also make your home more comfortable!

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