Des Moines, IA (KICD)–Governor Branstad on Friday declared a proclamation of disaster and energy emergency due to the record high demand for propane throughout the upper Midwest.
In response the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services released a second Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program appropriation of over $7.419 million to the State of Iowa to help Iowa families heat their homes during the cold weather.
Upper Des Moines Opportunity LIHEAP Coordinator Jennifer Corley tells KICD News the those in need can apply for assistance at any of their County Outreach Offices.
LIHEAP doesn’t cover all utility costs, and is supplemental assistance. 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.
The Branstad-Reynolds administration has also launched a Propane Shortage and Heating Assistance Webpage. The site provides information on LIHEAP, reductions in regulatory burdens to propane transport, energy, cost-saving tips and safety information for those using space heaters and other heat sources.
For more information visit www.governor.iowa.gov/propane.