Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
The Energy Assistance program is available to assist with the partial payment of heating costs for qualified applicants. Applications may be made at any of the Neighborhood Resource Centers between November 1st and April 20th of each year. Applicants need to bring written proof of their income for the last 13 weeks and a copy of their gas, electric and telephone bills.
The program provides several types of assistance:
· Energy Assistance Payments
The amount of the payment is based on the family income, number of individuals in the family, type of housing and type of heating fuel used.
· Emergency Crisis Intervention Program
Limited crisis funds are available for furnace repair/replacement, emergency payments for deliverable fuels and emergency payment of arrearages related to potential disconnections or reconnection of services.
· Assessment and Resolution
Individualized Home Energy Assessments, the development of a personal "Energy Plan", negotiation with utility companies regarding shutoff notices and payment problems, budget counseling and resolution of energy related problems is available
· Emergency Home Cooling Program
Limited repair/replacement of air conditioners for the medically needy
Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.
The LIHEAP program is available in Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren & Wapello counties.
The Weatherization component works to tighten and insulate homes against the elements and to assure the safety of appliances by providing health and safety checks, furnace repair/replacement, refrigerator replacement, home insulation, minor repairs and client education.
To be eligible for Weatherization, the family must first be approved for LIHEAP.
The Weatherization program is available in Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren & Wapello counties.