Undated (KICD-RI)–The sign up begins today for the program that provides assistance to low income Iowans who need help with their energy bills.
Upper Des Moines Opportuinity LIHEAP Coordinator Jennifer Corley tells KICD News they are hoping to receive the same level of funding as last year and are currently operating under a continuing resolution until January.
LIHEAP doesn’t cover all the utility costs, and is actually supplemental assistance.
LIHEAP payments depend upon household size, income level, and home energy costs. The program helps households with incomes meeting eligibly guidelines. For example, in Iowa, a family of four that earns $35,325 annually or less, or a two-person family that earns $23,265 annually or less, may qualify for energy assistance dollars.
Rob Hillesland of the Iowa Utilities Board says the Home Weatherization program is also available for low income Iowans.
Hillesland says elderly Iowans have already been signing up for the program and now low-income Iowans who qualify can sign up. In addition to contacting your local Upper Des Moines Opportunity Office you can find out more about the eligibility requirements for the two programs from the Iowa Department of Human Rights, or on the Iowa Utilities Board website