Heating Repair Replacement Program.

The Heating Repair Replacement Program shall provide for the replacement or repair of a homes primary heating system, such as a furnace, fireplace or water heater. Note that the program may be called slightly different names in different states and counties across the country. It can also be incorporated as part of other government benefit programs, such as weatherization or maybe the crisis LIHEAP program.

In addition to assisting with repairs and providing new units, the Heating Repair Replacement Program can provide for the performance of energy conservation measures on primary heating systems for low and moderate income homeowners across the nation. Participants in the HRPP program are typically also served under the federal government Weatherization program, and can benefit from both services.

Qualifying low to moderate income families with children, elderly, and disabled homeowners with broken furnaces, heaters, fireplaces or water heaters will often receive priority. Applications for them will normally be processed first and other groups can then apply if there is still funding.

They can receive help through the Heating Repair or Replacement Program, which was created by the federal government Housing and Human Services Department. The programs are run at the local state and county level, and funding is distributed from these local municipalities. Your community action agency is often the leading organization to apply at, or they can refer you to the correct non-profit organization to contact in your town or county. The program is available as the result of a grant that was established from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Eligibility for the HRRP

The Heating Repair Replace Program is usually offered as an emergency-based heating system repair program, and can only be used if the applicant has no other options available to them. However, some organizations will also replace heating units that are too old, inefficient, or that are not repairable. The program helps qualified homeowners pay for the replacement or it will repair unsafe, broken, or defective heating systems. Most requests for aid usually come during the cold weather heating system.





However, if sufficient funding is still available after the heating season when the demand for help is the greatest, HRRP may be able to still provide additional aid. The program can complete maintenance work (such as tuning and cleaning the unit) and if the unit was repaired but is still not in top notch condition, during the off season the program may provide for the replacement of heating systems and furnaces that are still in poor condition and not worth repairing.

Many people will not qualify for a new heating or cooling system, primarily due to the fact that the government will only provide so much funding. Additional monies are also available for asbestos abatement only as needed. This will ensure that any heating system repairs or replacements that need to occur are completed safely.

Heating Repair Replace Program limits

The funding is limited. There of course is a maximum limit allowed for different types of heating system repairs or furnace replacements. In some instances, the applying household may be required to provide a co-payment towards the overall expense. Local community agencies will also attempt to utilize all available utility funds or local charities for heating system replacements in an effort to minimize the need for any homeowner contributions.




Where to apply

The HRRP program is often administered by a network of local community action agencies. Click here to find your local agency. Or call other local non-profits such as the Salvation Army. This resource is only offered in certain parts of the country. It also relies on federal government funding levels so it is limited and the number of households assisted will change from year to year.

In most areas this is the same non-profit agency that administers the federal government Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP or Fuel Assistance) program.

By Jon McNamara

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