What is Iowa HEAP/LIHEAP? – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. HEAP program was started in 1981 and is funded by federal government. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a heating equipment repair and/or replacement benefit for homeowners with inoperable heating equipment.
HEAP may help you pay for Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal, or any other heating fuel.
Do You Qualify for HEAP Iowa?
To qualify for Iowa HEAP, you must be enrolled in a qualifying social service program (see below):
- Must be a resident of the state of Iowa
- Must need financial assistance for home energy costs
- You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) benefits or
- You receive Temporary Assistance or
- You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone)
- OR your income must be below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Applications for regular HEAP benefits will be accepted beginning around November of each year.
How to apply for Iowa LIHEAP
Program Contact Information
For detailed information on LIHEAP assistance, please contact your:
For information on how to apply, visit the Iowa Department of Human Rights page.
To apply, please contact your local list of outreach offices
Decatur County Outreach Center — South Central Iowa Community Action Prog. 109 N. Main Leon, IA 50144 PH: 641-446-4454 HOURS: M – F, 8:00 – 12:30, 1:00 – 4:00
Des Moines Co. Neighborhood Center — Community Action of Southeast Iowa 700 Jefferson St. Burlington, IA 52601 PH: 319-753-2893 HOURS: 8:00 – 4:30 M – F
Dickinson County Outreach Center — Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. 1575 18th St. Spirit Lake, IA 51360 PH: 712-336-1112 HOURS: Mon – Thurs 10 – 3:00
Dubuque Co. Outreach — Operation: New View-CAA 1473 Central Ave. Dubuque, IA 52001 PH: 563-556-5130 HOURS: M – F, 8:00 – 5:00
Emmet County Outreach Center — Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. 508 S. 1st St. Estherville, IA 51334 PH: 712-362-2391 HOURS: Tues – Thurs 9-12 & 1-3:30.