The Ottumwa Courier

October 29, 2013

Qualified customers can apply for energy assistance


Ottumwa Courier

---- — CEDAR RAPIDS — Alliant Energy is reminding customers that Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) agencies are now accepting applications for the upcoming heating season. The program provides dollars to moderate- and low-income level households to help pay a portion of their winter heating bills.

“Customers can apply for help before they get behind on their utility bill so it gives them more confidence as the winter continues,” said Tim Heinrich, director of customer support services, Alliant Energy. “We encourage customers to check their eligibility now and apply as soon as possible.”

LIHEAP payments depend upon household size, income level, and home energy costs. The program helps households with incomes meeting eligibly guidelines. For example, in Iowa, a family of four that earns $35,325 annually or less, or a two-person family that earns $23,265 annually or less, may qualify for energy assistance dollars.

To obtain energy assistance, qualified Iowa residents can apply at their local county energy assistance agency through April 30, 2014. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible by calling1-866-674-6327 to locate the nearest county agency that provides energy assistance funds or by visiting dcaa.iowa.gov. Customers may be eligible whether they own or rent their home.

Applicants must bring these items to the agencies to determine eligibility:

• Social Security numbers for all household members (documentation required)

• Proof of income for household members 19 years or older; most recent 3 months’ check stubs; awarded letter from Social Security; or 2011 tax return.

• Recent heat bill, electric bill, telephone bill