Heating bills are expected to jump this winter, but there is help available for those having trouble meeting the cost of keeping their residence warm.
North Iowa Community Action Organization serves nine counties including Floyd, Butler, Mitchell, Cerro Gordo, Franklin and Worth. Now through April 30th, 2023, applications are being accepted for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP. Emergency and Energy Assistance Coordinator Amy Hoffman says the income guidelines have increased for eligible homeowners and renters.
Hoffman adds that other guidelines must also be met and that enrolling in LIHEAP also includes protection against having your heat shutoff.
Hoffman says the moratorium against shut offs also goes into effect for everyone if the outside temps fall below 20 degrees for more than 24 hours. She also cautions those not enrolled in LIHEAP that it’s a misnomer that because you have kids, your utilities can’t be shut off. Hoffman says that is not the case.