Iowans who need help keeping the heat on this winter may be eligible for assistance starting November 1 and guarantee their heat won’t be turned off this winter.

Applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Home Weatherization Program are available at local Community Action Agency offices and you can click here to find the office in your community, www.dcaa.iowa.gov/bureau_weath/how_apply.html, or call toll-free 877-565-4450 to get the location.

The LIHEAP program provides low-income consumers with limited financial assistance to cover a portion of their winter heating expenditures and keep their heat from being disconnected.  Because heating assistance funds are limited, LIHEAP applications are accepted on a first come/first serve basis from November 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014.  If the household has a person who is disabled or is over the age of 60 years, applications may be submitted anytime.

The weatherization program offers long-term financial relief to households by improving energy efficiency, educating consumers about energy use, and providing methods to reduce consumption.  Persons apply through their local Community Action Agency for this program as well.