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Iowans can begin applying for LIHEAP

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EASTERN IOWA (KWWL) --  Eligible Iowans are urged to begin applying for LIHEAP funding.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is designed to help qualifying, low-income homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs.

Below are the federal income guidelines for qualifying for LIHEAP:

INCOME MAXIMUMS

Household Size        Three Month Gross       Annual Gross Income

1                                $4,061.00                    $16,245.00

2                                $5,464.00                    $21,855.00

3                                $6,866.00                    $27,465.00

4                                $8,269.00                    $33,075.00

5                                $9,671.00                    $38,685.00

6                                $11,074.00                  $44,295.00

For households with more than six members, add $1,403.00 / $5,610.00 for each additional member.

Households who are over LIHEAP regular income guidelines may be eligible for LIHEAP benefits through a medical waiver component.  The medical expenses must be documented, paid, and non-reimbursable.

New this year, applicants must provide the Social Security Number card or documentation for every member of the household.

LIHEAP is not designed to pay a household's total energy costs, but to provide supplemental assistance.

Applicants need to have a photo identification, a copy of their most recent heating and electric bill, and proof of all household members' gross income for the past three months or for the past calendar year when applying.

LIHEAP applications will be accepted November 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011.  However, you are encouraged to apply by the end of February as assistance is paid on a first-come, first-served basis.

Households receiving LIHEAP assistance are protected by a moratorium agreement between the utility companies and the State of Iowa that says those approved for LIHEAP cannot have their utilities disconnected during cold weather between November 1, 2010 and April 1, 2011.

To apply for LIHEAP, contact your local county energy assistance agency.  Call 1-866-674-6327 to locate the nearest county agency that provides energy assistance funds or visit http://www.dcaa.iowa.gov

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