UDMO Reminds Low Income Residents Of Home Heating Assistance Program

Wed 11-6-2019

(Spirit Lake)-- Even colder temperatures are in the forecast and that has officials with Upper Des Moines Opportunity reminding low income residents of a program that gives assistance with heating bills.

LIHEAP, or Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, helps qualifying low-income homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. Jennifer Corley, UDMO Energy Program Director, says applications are being accepted until April 30th...Corley01 

"The income guidelines for the program, as an example, would be a household of two can earn $29,593 annually. Households that want to apply can contact a local Upper Des Moines in the county that they live in, and they will be instructed as to what to bring. Clients can choose which way they would like to apply. They can bring in income from the past 30 days or they can bring in their annual income from their federal tax return from 2018 and then they would also need to bring Social Security numbers for everybody in their household; a copy of their heat and their electric bill."

The program is not designed to pay a household's total energy costs, but instead provides supplemental assistance based on household income, household size, type of dwelling, type of heating fuel and other factors...Corley02 

"They can apply in person at our outreach offices. We have one in each county. Or they can apply online if they were approved last year for LIHEAP and they have the ability to scan documents. The link is on Upper Des Moines' website page which is, or they can actually download an application with instructions and they can complete it and return it to their local Upper Des Moines office with the required information and there's also a link for that on Upper Des Moines' website."

Anyone who has already applied and been approved for this winter may not re-apply.