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- Hawkeye Area Community Action Program
- Community Action of Eastern Iowa
- MATURA Action Corporation
- Mid-Iowa Community Action
- Mid-Sioux Opportunity
- North Iowa Community Action Organization
- Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation
- Operation: New View Community Action Agency
- Operation Threshold
- IMPACT Community Action Partnership
- South Central Iowa Community Action Program
- Community Action of Southeast Iowa
- Southern Iowa Economic Development Association
- Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc.
- West Central Community Action
- Community Action Agency of Siouxland
Last year 1,905 Iowa families reduced their heating costs through weatherization programs, and 14,363 families received financial support for emergency energy assistance (Read More).
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was established to help low-income homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season, to encourage regular utility payments, to promote energy awareness, and to reduce energy usage through energy efficiency and client education. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel and type of housing. This year, applications for assistance were taken from October 1st through May 30th at each of UDMO's county outreach centers. (The normal application period is October 1st through April 30th.)
Households that exceed LIHEAP regular income guidelines may be eligible for LIHEAP benefits through the medical waiver component. Medical expenses must be documented, paid, and non-reimbursable.
During the 2010 fiscal year, LIHEAP assisted 18,135 individuals in 7,508 households in UDMO’s 12-county service area. The average amount of LIHEAP assistance paid to heating vendors was approximately $577 per household. The total allotted for this assistance was approximately $4 million dollars. This includes a supplemental payment that was made in July.
In addition, the program spent $197,736.54 for 309 households to receive additional fuel and other types of assistance. This assistance comes in many forms such as: emergency LP gas or fuel oil deliveries, reconnection or service continuity of electric or natural gas service, space heaters, blankets, furnace repair/replacement or temporary shelter, if necessary.
During the summer of 2010, UDMO contracted $192,605 in LP gas and fuel oil for fall delivery.
UDMO also provides emergency assistance through several other programs and services, including: customer contribution programs such as I-CARE, Hometown Care and Project Share and programs funded by local donations. Through these programs, UDMO’s outreach center staff members are able to provide emergency assistance to area residents facing energy crises.
The LIHEAP program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. UDMO contracts with the Iowa Department of Human Rights to administer the program.