Federal guidelines limit eligibility to households whose combined annual income does not exceed 200% of the Poverty Index. Those figures are revised annually, usually in March. The limits for the year 2014 appear to the right. Presently, an individual living alone cannot have an income over $23,340.00 and the income of a family of four cannot exceed $47,700. The only exceptions to this requirement are households with a member who receives Supplemental Security Income – these households are automatically eligible.

The Department of Energy (DOE) has also identified some conditions that will require weatherization work to be delayed until the conditions are corrected. If you know you have any of those conditions, please wait until the situation has changed before applying as we will not be able to begin work if any of the conditions exist. Please see the following list of Deferral Conditions.

There are some conditions which prevent proper weatherization. If any of the following are identified, the homeowner is notified and given the opportunity to correct the situation.

Deferral conditions include:

1. The client has known health conditions that prohibit the installation of insulation and other weatherization materials.

2. The building structure or its mechanical systems, including electrical and plumbing, are in such a state of disrepair that failure is imminent.

3. Power must be turned on in the home.

4. The house has sewage or other sanitary problems that would further endanger the client and weatherization installers if weatherization work were performed.

5. Rodent, flea, roach or other insect infestation.

6. The house has been condemned or electrical, heating, plumbing, or other equipment has been “red tagged” by local or state building officials or utilities.

7. Moisture problems are so severe they cannot be resolved under existing health and safety measures and with minor repairs.

8. Dangerous conditions exist due to high carbon monoxide levels in combustion appliances, and cannot be resolved under existing health and safety measures. Please note that gas must be turned on in the home to allow testing of carbon monoxide levels.

9. The client is uncooperative, abusive, or threatening to the crew, subcontractors, auditors, inspectors, or others who must work on or visit the house.

10. The extent and condition of lead-based paint in the house would potentially create further health and safety hazards.

11. Illegal activities are being conducted in the dwelling unit.

12. Rooms cluttered to the extent that mobility is hindered and obstacles create a safety hazard. In many cases the clutter prevents a complete inspection from being conducted.

13. Mold or mildew present

Annual Income Monthly Income
1 $23,340.00 $1,945.00
2 $31,460.00 $2,621.00
3 $39,580.00 $3,298.00
4 $47,700.00 $3,975.00
5 $55,820.00 $4,652.00
6 $63,940.00 $5,328.00
7 $72,060.00 $6,005.00
8 $80,180.00 $6,682.00
Each Additional Member $4,060.00 $338.00

To apply for assistance,
please call 404 885-1877.

“I feel that I am blessed to have my house now be so much better because of Southeast Energy Assistance. Already, I’ve experienced a $30 drop in my gas bill during a cold month. Thank you for this fine organization and the service given to me.”

– C. A. Bedell, Weatherization Recipient

Our Mission

The mission of Southeast Energy Assistance (SEA) is to provide direct assistance to improve the living and housing conditions of low-income families through conservation programs.

“During my term as Mayor of the City of Atlanta, [SEA] delivered one of the most effective City-sponsored programs for low-income citizens, particularly the elderly...I continue to be a strong supporter of SEA’s work.” - Andrew Young

SEA's programs are intended for people living at the poverty level. Priority is given to the elderly and handicapped and statistically, of those served, 80% are female heads of household, 86% are elderly and 95% are minorities. SEA has a history of service to Atlanta's low-income community since 1978.

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