What is Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)?
The Energy Assistance program is available to assist with the partial payment of heating costs for qualified applicants. You may be able to get help paying for part of your winter heating costs if you meet income guidelines. Sieda Community Action will help you apply for benefits through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Until you apply, we cannot tell you how much assistance you will receive, but the amount could range from $200 to more than $500. Assistance levels depend on income level, family size, the type of fuel you use to heat your home, and other factors. If you are determined eligible for benefits through the LIHEAP program, you will also be prevented from disconnection from your heating and electrical service through April 1st of each year. If you heat your home with liquid propane (LP), you can qualify to receive a delivery of propane through this program.
What does the program involve?
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 175% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Sieda offers the LIHEAP program is available in Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren & Wapello counties. If you live outside our core service area, you will need to apply with one of the other agencies that administer the program.
When to Apply
Applications are accepted beginning on the first working day of October (October 1, 2019) of each year for households with a member over the age of sixty, and households with a disabled member. For all others, applications are accepted starting on the first working day of November (November 1, 2019). The application period ends on the last working day of April of each year. Applications may be made at any of the Neighborhood Resource Centers in Sieda’s seven-county core service area.
How to Apply
Request an Appointment: You can request an appointment on a specific day and time. If you are unable to come to one of our offices because you are working during the times we are open, please request an appointment at another time. We will work with you to set an appointment time convenient for you. If you are unable to visit an office because of health reasons, we also provide home visits. To arrange an appointment or to request a home visit, please use the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page.
Apply Online: You may be able to complete your application online during the application season. Click here to apply online. We have a new online platform, so you will need to set up a new account for the 2019-2020 heating season, even if you had an account last year.
Applicants will need to bring written proof of the households gross income for the last 30 days or 2018 Federal Taxes, recent gas bill, electric bills and Social Security cards for all household members. Check out this list of documents you’ll need for both face-to-face and online applications.
LIHEAP Online Application
The LIHEAP application period begins November 1, 2019, and ends April 30, 2020. Clients may apply online beginning in November. Some additional documentation may be required for eligibility verification.