Our housing department works to ensure that low-income families in central Iowa live in safe and energy-efficient housing. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) program makes a one-time payment to your utility company. Your utilities may not be shut off during the winter moratorium if you apply for and qualify for LIHEAP. Some households will not be eligible for LIHEAP but may qualify for weatherization. The weatherization program performs basic upgrades to your home at no cost to you, such as insulation, replacing inefficient appliances, and sealing air leaks.


Both programs share an application, which you can fill out by clicking on the link below or by calling your local family development center.


Hardin County: 637 S. Oak Street in Iowa Falls. Call: 641-648-5036

Marshall County: 6 S. 2nd Street in Marshalltown. Call: 641-753-5523

Tama County: 105 S. State Street in Tama. Call: 641-484-4713

Story County: 230 SE 16th Street in Ames. Call: 515-956-3333

Poweshiek County: 611 4th Avenue in Grinnell. Call: 641-236-3923


Weatherization can perform an audit on your home and identify potential areas of energy savings. Afterwards, we can make basic upgrades to your home to ensure that you save money on future energy bills.


LIHEAP is a low-income energy assistance program that can help you pay utility bills in the winter.  You may also qualify for moratorium protection.

Energy Tips

Even if you aren't in our LIHEAP or Weatherization programs, here are some energy saving tips!


You have rights as a utility customer, and we've provided a link here to what you can reasonably expect from your utility company if you have trouble paying your energy bills.