Energy Assistance

NEED HELP WITH YOUR HEATING BILL

The 2014-2015 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season.

The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel and type of housing.  If you are not sure where to apply, please write to:

INCOME MAXIMUMS

Household Size

Three Month Gross Income

Annual Gross Income

1

$4,376

$17,505

2

$5,899

$23,595

3

$7,421

$29,685

4

$8,944

$35,775

5

$10,466

$41,865

6

$11,989

$47,955

For households with more than six members, add $1,523 per three months, or $6,090 annually for each additional member.

LIHEAP

Iowa Department of Human Rights

Capitol Complex

Des Moines, IA 50319

or call your local community action agency.

 

When to apply:

  • Elderly (60 & over) and/or disabled:  
    • October 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015
  • All other households:  
    • November 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015

What to take:

  • Proof of income  (for all household members age 19 and over) Most recent 3 months' check stubs, award letter from Social Security or 2013 tax return
  • Social Security numbers for all household members (documentation required)
  • Recent heat bill
  • Recent electric bill

Wage earners:

  • Please bring copies of your check stubs for the three-month period preceding the date of application, or a copy of your federal income tax return.

Fixed income:

  • This income may include:  Social Security Benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Family Investment Program (FIP), Veteran's Assistance, Unemployment Insurance, and pensions.  Please bring copies of your most recent 3 months' check stubs.

Self-employed/farmers:

  • Please bring a copy of your most recent federal income tax return.

FIP recepients:

  • Please bring your current DHS Notice of Decision or contact your local office for acceptable document information.

If you receive alimony or child support, it will also need to be verified.

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