What is Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)?
The Energy Assistance program is available to assist with the partial payment of heating costs for qualified applicants.
What does the program involve?
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 175% of the federal poverty guidelines.
The LIHEAP program is available in Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren & Wapello counties.
How to Apply
Applications may be made at any of the Neighborhood Resource Centers between November 1 (October 1 for households with elderly/disabled members) through April 30. Applicants need to bring written proof of the households gross income for the last 30 days or 2017 Federal Taxes, recent gas bill, electric bills and Social Security cards for all household members.
LIHEAP Online Application
The LIHEAP application period begins November 1, 2018, and ends April 30, 2019. Clients may apply online beginning in November. Some additional documentation may be required for eligibility verification.