Muscatine, Iowa – October 28, 2019

Community Action of Eastern Iowa will begin accepting applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) starting November 1, 2019 for all households.

As a new feature of the program, any household can apply online, using a phone or computer. To apply online, visit Households not choosing to apply online can call 563-263-9290 to request an appointment to be seen in person.

This program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Iowa Department of Human Rights/DCAA, and has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs.  The program will provide supplemental assistance based on several factors. Those factors include total household income, household size, dwelling type, and type of heating fuel, among others.

Applicants will need to furnish a driver’s license or social security card for all household members, a copy of their most recent heating and electric bill, and proof of all household members’ gross income for the past 30 days, the most recent 12 months, or for the past calendar year (whichever is most advantageous to the household).

Eligibility for participation is established according to the following federal income guidelines:

Household Size Annual Gross Income*  **
1 $21,858
2 $29,593
3 $37,328
4 $45,063
5 $52,798
6 $60,533
7 $68,268
8 $76,003


*For households with more than eight members, add $7,735 for each additional member.

** All income will be annualized. Income will be collected for a 30 day period – count back 30 days, including the date of application.

Last year approximately 8800 households received assistance in Scott, Cedar, Clinton and Muscatine Counties.

For more information or to apply, contact Community Action of Eastern Iowa, 1903 Park Avenue, Muscatine, or call 563-263-9290 or 866-263-9290.  Walk-in applications accepted Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.  Appointments are available on a limited basis.

Applicants in Cedar, Clinton, and Scott counties should contact their nearest Community Action office.

The last day to apply is Thursday, April 30, 2020.