Winneshiek County residents can still apply for heating assistance through Friday, April 28th.
NEICAC Family Service Offices are still taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through April 28th. If your household applied for LIHEAP in the 2015-2016 LIHEAP program year, your applications for the 2016-2017 LIHEAP program year can also be done online at http://www.neicac.org/energy.html .
This year the household income eligibility has been raised from 150 percent of the federal poverty level to 175 percent.
This program is funded through the Iowa Department of Human Rights, and has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay a portion of their primary heating costs. The program is not designed to pay a household's total energy costs. All low-income Northeast Iowans are encouraged to apply, including senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Households burning wood or where heating is included as part of the rent may also be eligible for assistance.
The amount of financial assistance provided will depend on several factors, including total household income, household size, dwelling type and type of heating fuel.
Winneshiek County residents should call the NEICAC Decorah office at (563) 382-8436, Extension 150