January 5, 2021
Effects of COVID-19 leading to more families having difficulty with paying for heat in the new year
Hiawatha, Iowa – Now through the month of April, individuals meeting at (or below) the Federal Poverty Guidelines are eligible to apply for the 2020 Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) facilitated through the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP) in the following counties: Benton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jones, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Linn, and Washington.
LIHEAP helps qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season but is not designed to pay a household’s total energy costs. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing.
The application period runs from November 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021, with early applications accepted beginning October 1, 2020, for households that have a member who is at least 60 years of age, or disabled, or where disconnection is imminent. Anyone facing disconnection at any time should contact their local community action agency for assistance. To download an application and see a full list of participating intake sites, please visit our website at www.hacap.org/energy for more information.