LIHEAP Ready to Help as Cold Approaches

Low-income customers in MidAmerican Energy Company’s Iowa territory can apply for the seasonal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The application is now open for elderly or disabled low-income Iowans, while other qualified low-income Iowa residents can apply starting on November 1.

LIHEAP is a federally funded energy assistance program designed to help low-income families pay their heating bills. Community action agencies in Iowa review applications and administer grant funds provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

To be eligible for LIHEAP, the total household income for an applicant in Iowa must be at or below 175 percent of 2018 federal poverty guidelines. For example, a single-person household can qualify with an annual gross income at or below $21,245. A family of four can qualify with an annual gross income at or below $43,925.

Last year 41,898 households in MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa service territory were approved for LIHEAP assistance. The average grant per household was $420.

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