Low-Income Energy Assistance Program

liheapLow-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Households may receive assistance in payment of their fuel bills to ensure continuation of service or restore utility services that have been shut off. Assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, type of housing, and several other factors. Emergency crisis intervention is also available to repair or replace heating systems, provide emergency fuel delivery, or purchase air conditioners and fans.

The elderly (60 and older) and/or disabled may apply at local Outreach Centers between Oct. 1 to April 30 of each year. All other households may apply Nov. 1 to April 30.

When applying bring along the following items:

Wage earners
Copies of check stubs for the 3-month period preceding date of application or a copy of your federal income tax return;

Fixed income
Copies of most recent three months' check stubs from programs such as Social Security Benefit, Supplemental Security Income, Family Investment Program, Veteran's Assistance, Unemployment Insurance, or pensions;

A copy of your most recent federal income tax return;

FIP and SSI recipients
Your Medicaid number is on your Medicaid card. The numbers needed are immediately following your name and number in the aid type box; and

Alimony or child support
Income will need to be verified.

Black Hills Cares, IWF Black Hills, Hometown Cares, I Care, and Project Share Customers of area utilities contribute to these programs to provide energy assistance to qualified low-income households. Contact your local Outreach Center to see if your utility participates in your county.

To view the LIHEAP Intake Form use the link below:

Program Overview

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to aid qualifying low-income Iowa households (homeowners and renters) in the payment of a portion of their residential heating costs for the winter heating season, to encourage regular utility payments, to promote energy awareness, and to encourage reduction of energy usage through energy efficiency and client education.

Program Contact Info

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Programs are offered at many of our outreach centers.

Please contact your local outreach center for more information.