Energy Assistance Program Deadline Extended to May 31

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Low-income individuals seeking help with costs of home heating will now have until May 31 to apply for HACAP’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This extended deadline comes the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services after a recent outbreak of COVID-19. The original deadline that was set for individuals and families to apply was April 30. 

Individuals who have not applied for Energy Assistance yet this year can do so by downloading the application documents online at ​​ or by calling (319) 739-0100. All HACAP lobbies are currently closed to the public but drop boxes will be available outside for individuals to turn in applications. A full list of these locations can be found on the HACAP website.

Data Points/Facts:

·Since October 1 HACAP has received 7,158 LIHEAP applications

·An average award is $400 (can be less or more depending on the household)

·LIHEAP is a one-time payment to an individual's primary heat vendor


About Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. We provide federally funded assistance in managing costs associated with home energy bills, energy crises, and weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs.

About Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP)

Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc., (HACAP) provides a variety of anti-poverty programs​ ​and collaborates with community partners to serve individuals and families within a six county region in Iowa. The mission of HACAP above all is to help people develop the skills necessary to become successful and build strong communities​.​ HACAP provides services in 6 counties (Benton, Iowa, Jones, Johnson, Linn and Washington).

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