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The Division of Community Action Agencies addresses issues facing families by bringing resources for the elderly, disabled and the low-income to the community level.

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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Accepting Applications

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The Division of Community Action Agencies announced that the the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is taking applications to assist low-income and vulnerable households with a portion of their winter heating costs.   This program is critical to helping vulnerable Iowans stay safe and warm during the winter season.  LIHEAP applications are accepted  on a first-come first-served basis between October 1, 2017 -  April 30, 2018.   The applications are processed through a network of 17 local community action agencies that serve all 99 Iowa counties.  Eligibility is based upon household income and size, and is targeted to households with elderly, disabled, and young children.

The LIHEAP program is expected to serve approximately 80,000 households this winter, with an average one-time benefit of about $450, which generally will appear as a credit on the household's utility bill.   Households that are certified eligible for LIHEAP also automatically qualify for Iowa's moratorium on disconnection, which runs from November 1, 2017, through April 1, 2018.   

For a list of LIHEAP’s local community action agencies and additional information, go to:  https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/where-apply or call 515-281-3861.

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The DHR is your partner in building better communities for all who live here. We open doors, find answers, meet challenges and develop resources. We provide a link among agencies, nonprofits and outreach groups within the state, and between federal and state programs. Our approach stems from a Commission, Board and Council structure to ensure the distinct voices of all Iowans are heard.  If you are interested in serving on a commission or board, go to http://openup.iowa.gov to learn more about the application process.

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