LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
LIHEAP helps low-income families and individuals pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants. The grant results in a one-time payment for an eligible household's heating costs.
This payment is designed to provide supplemental assistance based on several factors, including household income, household size, dwelling type, and type of heating.
LIHEAP is not designed to pay for an entire winter's heating costs, but instead is set up to provide low-income families with an opportunity to prioritize their spending over the winter months. LIHEAP generally runs from October through April for the elderly and disabled. For other families and individuals, the program starts in November and continues through April.
LIHEAP can also provide a moratorium for the winter season so that your energy won't be cut off during a potentially dangerous time of the year. MICA's goal is to work with you to help you address barriers to success such as unemployment, underemployment, lack of adequate childcare, and other factors, so that you can keep your energy bills current in the future.
Do you qualify for LIHEAP?
To qualify for MICA's LIHEAP program, you must:
Reside in Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek, Tama or Story counties
Meet income guidelines
Pay a vendor (such as a utility company) directly for your primary heating source
How do I apply for LIHEAP?
You can apply for LIHEAP starting October 1 if your household includes someone over 60 or someone with a disability. All other households that qualify can apply starting November 1, and applications are accepted until April 30.
Having your most recent heating and electric bills, and social security cards and proof of income for all household members will make your application easier.
There are three ways to apply:
Walk-in to the county office in your county of residence. Some days are reserved for appointments, so if you are concerned about being seen right away, call the center first to see if times are available.
Request an appointment at the county office. We will work to set an appointment time convenient for you.
Download and mail the application online. *Note that if you have never applied for LIHEAP before, or if you have not applied in person in the past three years, we will need you to make an appointment or walk-in to the county office.*