Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. is now taking applications for the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP).
This program has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs.
In an effort to better assist clients with their application and to eliminate waiting in line at Mid-Sioux outreach offices, appointments are being implemented for LiHEAP this year, according to a press release from Mid-Sioux Opportunity.
Appointments for LiHEAP in Plymouth County may be made by calling the local outreach office at 546-6603.
People applying will need to furnish a copy of their most recent heating and electric bill, original Social Security or I-94 card for each household member, and proof of all household members' gross income for the past calendar year (Federal Income Tax Return 2011), the past three months (13 weeks) or for the past 12 months.
This program is not designed to pay a household's total energy costs. the press release stated.
It will provide supplemental assistance based on several factors including household income, household size, and type of heating fuel.
After a household is approved for assistance, a one-time payment will be made to the primary fuel vendor.
Payments will be credited on a first come/first served basis as the Iowa Department of Human Rights makes money for the program available.
All payments are subject to availability of funds.
Eligibility for participation is established according to federal income guidelines.
There is also a medical waiver.
Households, who are over LiHEAP regular income guidelines, may be eligible for LiHEAP benefits through the medical waiver.
The medical expenses must be documented, paid, and non-reimbursable.
Applications for the home energy assistance will be accepted through April 30, 2013.