Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Weatherization Assistance Program are federally funded and administered by the Iowa Department of Human Rights Division of Community Action Agencies in Iowa. Eligibility for both programs is based on household size and income.

Each year, LIHEAP-qualified households may receive a one-time payment to assist with their household heating costs, regardless of heating fuel type. The weatherization program provides long-term financial relief by improving energy efficiency in homes and educating utility customers about their energy use and methods to reduce consumption.

The annual application period runs from November 1 through April 30, with early applications accepted during October for households with a member that is either disabled or at least 60 years old. To determine eligibility or to apply, contact your local community action agency.

If you qualify for either program, your utility company will be notified and you will be eligible for protection from disconnection of your heating service for nonpayment during Iowa’s annual winter disconnection moratorium, November 1 and April 1. The LIHEAP payment is made directly to the utility or heating fuel vendor with limited exceptions for applicants whose hearing source is included in their rental payments.

As part of the weatherization program, which has limited funding, experts may install permanent, cost-effective measures to weatherize the building shell and improve heating and cooling systems. A computerized energy audit helps determine the cost-effectiveness of various energy efficiency upgrades like the installation of additional or new insulation. Potential indoor air quality and other resident health and safety issues are also addressed, including checks of all combustion appliances.  

Applications for the LIHEAP and weatherization programs are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Iowa customers seeking LIHEAP financial assistance for utility bills should contact their local community action agency to discuss eligibility guidelines. Although qualified applicants cannot be disconnected during the moratorium for nonpayment, the IUB urges all LIHEAP-certified customers to continue paying toward their energy bills to avoid accumulating high debt and facing potential utility service disconnection once the moratorium period ends.

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