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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)

 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program LIHEAP

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program designed to assist low income families meet the cost of home heating by providing a one-time payment to the heating utility. The LIHEAP program is a federally-funded program by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Homeowners and renters are eligible, within the federal poverty guidelines. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis November 1 - April 30 of each year. Households with a  member 60 years of age or older, those who are disabled, and those in crisis can begin applying October 1st.  Visit your local community action outreach office to apply for this and other programs. 

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Income Guidelines

(October 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023)

The total household income for an applicant must be at or below 200% of the 2022 federal poverty guidelines which are listed below:

LIHEAP Federal Poverty Guidelines for Iowa

Size of Household

Annual Gross Income *  **



2 $36,620
3 $46,060
4 $55,500
5 $64,940
6 $74,380
7 $83,820
8 $93,260

* For households with more than eight members, add $9,440 annually for each additional member.

** All income will be annualized.  Income will be collected for a 30 day period – counting back 30 calendar days from the day before the date of application.