Funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Program has been provided under the recent Cares Act economic stimulus package passed by Congress.

Because of continuing and anticipated demand, the Iowa Department of Human Rights, Division of Community Action Agencies, has extended the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to June 30, 2020.

IDHR knows Iowa families are facing many challenges to cope with the COVID-19 virus. Some have lost jobs or had their hours of employment reduced. These circumstances could lead to difficulty in paying your utility bill. If you find yourself in that situation, there is help available through the State’s network of local community action agencies that have offices in all 99 counties.

Families can apply for the Energy Assistance program at their local community action agency. This program can help pay a portion of an eligible household’s utility bill. Eligibility is based on household size and income. Those households who have not already applied, or, who are facing disconnection, are encouraged to do so at this time.

Sieda Community Action serves Mahaska, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk and VanBuren counties. Contact information for energy assistance can be made by calling 641-628-8741 ext. 151 or 1-800-622-8340 ext. 151. Visit www.sieda.org for more information.

Community action agencies have other types of help available, such as food and clothing pantries, and other services.

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