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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Guidelines Issued

The 2014 – 2015 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing.

Household Size     Annual Gross Income

   1                                           $17,505

   2                                           $23,595

   3                                           $29,685

   4                                           $35,775

   5                                           $41,865

   6                                          $47,955

For households with more than six members, add $1,523 per three months or $6,090 annually for each additional member.

WHEN TO APPLY: Elderly (60 & over) and/or disabled: Oct. 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015 All other households: Nov. 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015

WHAT TO TAKE: Proof of Income (for all household members age 19, and over) (Most recent 3 months’ check stubs, award letter from Social Security or 2013 tax return) Social Security numbers of all household members Recent heat bill Recent electric bill Recent telephone bill

WAGE EARNERS: Please bring copies of your check stubs for the three-month period preceding the date of application, or a copy of your federal income tax return.

FIXED INCOME: This income may include: Social Security Benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Family Investment Program, Veteran’s Assistance, Unemployment Insurance, and pensions. Please bring copies of your most recent 3 months’ check stubs.

SELF-EMPLOYED/FARMERS: Please bring a copy of your most recent federal income tax return.

FIP RECIPIENTS: Please bring your current DHS Notice of Decision or contact your local office for acceptable document information.