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Iowans warming up to LIHEAP

by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- As the temperature begins to drop, the need for energy assistance is greater than ever.   

In 2008, Iowa will provide more than 87,000 households with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP.

For this fiscal year congress approved $5.1 billion dollars for LIHEAP. Iowa will receive almost 48 million dollars of that.

Operation Threshold in Waterloo has seen only a small increase in LIHEAP applicants. They blame this small increase on their move to a new location after being forced out by the floods.

"We did move due to the floods and were kind of hard to locate and a lot of people have had troubles finding us," Community Service Supervisor, Sheree Olson said.

Operation Threshold is temporarily located off of Highway 63 at 405 Chestnut Street in Waterloo.

The average Iowa household received around $320 for heating assistance in 2004. This amount only covered about eight percent of household winter heating bills.

Online Reporter John Wilmer

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