The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) are federally funded and administered by the Iowa Department of Human Rights Division of Community Action Agencies (DCAA) in Iowa. Eligibility for both programs is based on household size and income.
LIHEAP-qualified households may receive a one-time per year 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. Applications for both programs should be made with the local Community Action Agency (CAA) serving the community of residence of the applicant. 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.
Once an applicant has qualified for either program, the utility is notified and the applicant is eligible for protection from disconnection of energy utility service during Iowa’s annual winter disconnection moratorium between November 1 and April 1. The LIHEAP payment is made directly to the utility or heating fuel vendor.
As part of the Weatherization program, 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 client 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. Please read the Iowa Utilities Board news release for more information regarding both energy assistance programs.