Energy assistance program about to heat up

Community Action
Community Action of Eastern Iowa will soon accept applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). CREDIT COMMUNITY ACTION OF EASTERN IOWA

Community Action of Eastern Iowa will accept applications for its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, for households with elderly and/or disabled members. 

All other low-income households may apply beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1.

This program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Iowa Department of Human Rights/Division of Community Action Agencies, and has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs. It will provide supplemental assistance based on several factors including: total household income, household size, dwelling type and type of heating fuel among others.

Iowa residents can apply for regular assistance (no disconnection notice needed) if the household meets one of the following criteria:

  • You or someone living with you is age 60 or older, or
  • You or someone living with you has a disability, or
  • The power company disconnected you, or you have a disconnection notice for your heating, electricity, water, or sewer service, or
  • You use propane and your tank is at or below 30% full.

Applicants will need to furnish some form of identification, a copy of their most recent heating and electric bill, and proof of all household members’ gross income for the past 30 days, the most recent 12 months, or the past calendar year.

Applicants in Scott, Clinton, Cedar and Muscatine counties should contact Community Action of Eastern Iowa. 

For more information or to apply, call (563) 324-3236 or 1-866-324-3236 or visit www.caeiowa.org. Last year, approximately 9,900 households received assistance. The last day to apply is April 30, 2023.

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