2019/2020 Energy Assistance

Energy Assistance Programs at HACAP

HACAP has different energy assistance programs available depending on the time of year. The federally funded Low Income Heat Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is the main program. We integrate this vital program with Emergency Crisis Intervention (ECIP) and our homeowner furnace projects, providing furnace maintenance, repair and replacement.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP is the main energy assistance program available. It is designed to help low-income families meet the cost of home heating. It is not intended to pay your household's total energy costs, but to pay a portion of residential heating costs for eligible households. In most cases, benefits will be in the form of a credit applied to your utility company heating bill. All households applying for LIHEAP will also be applying for Weatherization Assistance Program at the same time.  

Emergency Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) and Assessment & Resolution are energy crisis programs. These programs can provide assistance for a variety of energy crises, including:

  • Emergency Heating Fuel
  • Utility Disconnection and/or Service Re-connection
  • Furnace repair/replacement for homeowners

LIHEAP approved households are eligible for crisis program consideration. Being approved for crisis programs is based on specific program guidelines and if funds are currently available.

For questions, call the Energy Line at (319) 739-0100. You may need to leave a message if all our energy staff are assisting customers. We will return your call as soon as possible. 

Download your Energy Assistance application here.

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted on a first come-first serve basis from Nov 1st to April 30th. Households with an elderly or disabled member, or have an active disconnect notice or are currently disconnected may apply after Oct 1st.

You may download the application here. For the 2019/2020 season, all applicants must be seen in person at one of our energy intake sites. For your application to be considered complete, you will need proof of member identify, copies of your heat & electric bills and all household income. You can read more about what type of documents you will need on the application instructions.

All applicants will be sent a Notice of Approval or Denial within 30 days of submitting an application.  The initial determination of eligibility and the benefit amount is subject to review and payments are dependent on the availability of federal funds.

Where do I go to apply?

Benton County

North Benton Center

202 E. 4th St

Vinton, IA 52349

319-472-4761

Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00 - 11:30 am and 12:30 - 4:00 pm

Iowa County                                                 

Marengo Public Library                                 

235 E Hilton St                                               

Marengo, IA  52301                                       

319-393-7811 (HACAP’s phone. The Library will not take phone calls)

HACAP Staff on site Tuesday & Thursday

10:00 am - 1:00 pm & 1:30 - 5:00 pm

Representatives will be available by phone Monday – Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Johnson County

Waterfront Office

367 Southgate Ave

Iowa City, IA  52240

319-337-5765

Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Jones County

HACAP

105 Broadway Place Suite 17

Anamosa, Iowa  52205

319-462-4343

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Linn County

Urban Center

1328 2nd Ave SE

Cedar Rapids, IA  52403

319-366-7632

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 4:00 pm

 

Inn Circle Office

5560 6th St SW

Cedar Rapids, IA  52404

319-366-7631

Office Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Washington County

Orchard Hill Center

2175 Lexington Blvd Bldg 1 East Door        

Washington, IA 52353

319-653-7275

What if I have a disconnection notice?

If you have a heating or electric disconnect notice, please contact your energy vendor immediately and let them know that you are applying for LIHEAP. At the top of your application, please write “DISCONNECT NOTICE” and the date and name of the person you talked to when you called your energy vendor and get your LIHEAP application to a HACAP site as soon as possible.

If you receive a disconnect notice after you submitted your application, call our office immediately.

Is there an income cap for LIHEAP or energy programs?

Wages, self-employment or farm income, FIP, Social Security, SSI, VA benefits, pensions, unemployment, workers compensation, child support, alimony, General Assistance payments, training stipends, regular insurance or annuity payments, military family allotments, rental income, royalties, gambling or lottery winnings, and periodic receipts from estates or trusts.

Here are the income guidelines for LIHEAP based on household size:

PY20 Poverty Guidelines