With the winter season coming to an end, some Iowans who are experiencing hardships may have their utilities shut off as the Iowa’s winter moratorium law ends April 1. The moratorium protects eligible Iowans who are certified under the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or Weatherization Program from disconnection of electric or natural gas service.
Energy customers that may be subject to service disconnection should contact their local utility before April 1 to discuss payment options or arrange for a payment agreement to avoid potential service disconnection.
The LIHEAP and the Weatherization Assistance Program is federally funded and administered in Iowa by the Department of Human Rights’ Community Action Agencies. Eligibility for both programs is based on household size and income.
Information on how to apply for assistance next year can be found on the Division of Community Action Agencies web site at https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa.