Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Shelter & Health Assistance

Helping you to pay a portion of your heating bills.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally-funded program that helps income eligible households pay for a portion of their heating bills. This program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Iowa Department of Human Rights/DCAA.

Here are the qualifying factors:

  • Households must be at or below 175% of poverty to qualify for assistance
  • Applications for elderly and handicapped individuals begin October 1 and all other households can apply beginning November 1. The program ends April 30.
  • Clients must bring gross income verification for the past 90 days or calendar year, verification of Social Security numbers for all household members, and a copy of their most recent heating and electric bill. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and other factors.

We serve Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Monroe and Wayne counties. Additional funds for energy services may be available through the ECIP (Energy Crisis Intervention Program) component of the program and with limited utility funds.

For assistance please call your local county Outreach Center.

Alliant Hometown Care Energy Fund

From unexpected debts to unemployment, there are many reasons families fall behind on their energy bills. Some even have to make a choice between paying their bills and getting enough to eat, BUT through the Hometown Care Energy Fund, Alliant Energy offers free, confidential financial help for the elderly, disabled and families trying to make ends meet.

How does the program work?

Hometown Care Energy Fund is supported by Alliant Energy and its many caring customers, employees and shareowners.

Who is eligible to receive grants?

If you are a customer of Alliant and need assistance, contact your local SCICAP Outreach Center. Funds can be used to assist in Alliant payment, weatherization measures to improve energy efficiency related to winter heating and summer cooling, deposits, and to supplement other energy assistance for the payment of electric or gas bills.

Funds collected for the Hometown Care Energy Fund are paid to community-based non-profit organizations for distribution to customers in need.

Recipients may be residential or farm customers using either gas or electric power. Other eligibility requirements include:

  • Households that meet income guidelines established by the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program [LIHEAP].
  • Customers over age 60 and on a fixed income with no alternative source of funds.
  • Customers who are permanently or temporarily disabled, or medically disabled, and unable to be economically self-sufficient.
  • Special hardship cases not limited to income, age or eligibility.
  • Renters who pay their own energy bills and meet LIHEAP income guidelines.

A customer's payment history may also play an important part in selection for a Hometown Care Energy Fund grant.

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