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Iowa Home Energy Assistance Program

The 2019-2020 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing.

If you are not sure where to apply, please write to:

Iowa Department of Human Rights
Capitol Complex
Des Moines, IA 50319
or, call your local community action agency.


Who Can Apply:

Applications are accepted from November 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020 (October 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020 for households with elderly [age 60 and older] or disabled members.)

Income Maximums:

Household Size*

Annual Gross Income

















*For households with more than eight members, add $7,735 for  each additional member.

What To Take:
  • Proof of income (as listed below) for all household members age 19 and over.
  • Check stubs from the previous 30-days, award letter from Social Security or 2018 tax return.
  • Social Security numbers for all household members (documentation required).
  • Recent heat bill.
  • Recent electric bill.
  • If you receive alimony or child support, it will also need to be verified.
Proof of Income:
  • Wage Earners: Copies of your check stubs for the three-month period preceding the date of application, or a copy of your federal tax return.
  • Fixed Income (may include): Social Security Benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Family Investment Program, Veteran's Assistance, Unemployment Insurance, and pensions. Bring copies of your most recent 3 months' check stubs.
  • Self-Employed / Farmers: Your most recent federal income tax return.
  • FIP Recipients: Current DHS Notice of Decision or contact your local office for acceptable document information.



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