Low income energy assistance

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Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) Family Service Offices began taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Oct. 1.

If your household applied for LIHEAP in the 2014-2015 LIHEAP program year, your applications can also be done online at: http://www.neicac.org/energy.html.

Clayton County residents may apply at the Clayton County Office Building, 600 Gunder Road NE, Elkader, phone (563) 245-2452.

Only households with individuals age 60 or older, or are disabled, or have a written disconnection notice or are currently disconnected from their heating or electricity provider could apply starting Oct. 1.  All other households may apply starting on Nov. 2.

New this year is the fact that the household income eligibility has been raised from 150% of federal poverty level to 175%.

This program is funded through the Iowa Department of Human Rights, and has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay a portion of their primary heating costs.  

All low-income Northeast Iowans are encouraged to apply, including senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Households burning wood or where heating is included as part of the rent may also be eligible for assistance.

For more information contact your local NEICAC (Community Action) Family Service Office or call the NEICAC central office in Decorah at (563) 382-9608.

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