Find Help

If you need help finding local energy assistance resources, call the National Energy Assistance Referral hotline toll-free at 1-866-674-6327 or email (TTY 1-866-367-6228)

The NEAR hotline is maintained by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a program of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. It is not affiliated with the Campaign for Home Energy Assistance.



LIHEAP: Fighting Poverty in Iowa

LIHEAP FY 2014 Funding

LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
150% Federal Poverty Level

LIHEAP FY 2012 Benefit
Heating: $400 average
Crisis: $500 maximum

LIHEAP Households Served 
Heating: 85,777
(Estimate for FY 2013)


LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: November 1 – April 30
(October 1 start for seniors and disabled)
Crisis: Year-round



Iowa Utilities with Low-Income Energy Efficiency Resources


Black Hills Energy
Weatherization improvements which are covered by Black Hills Energy funding include:

  • Insulation – floor, ceiling, and wall
  • Band joist
  • Water heating measures (pipe wrap, low-flow showerheads, and faucet aerators)
  • Air infiltration measures

To apply for these programs or to find out if you qualify for low-income energy assistance contact your local Community Action Agency.


MidAmerican Energy
Funding for low-income weatherization is available to customers year-round. MidAmerican’s energy efficiency department, with assistance from the Iowa Department of Human Rights, administers the program and distributes funds specifically earmarked for home improvements to low-income customer homes. Contact your local community action agency or the Iowa Bureau of Weatherization at 1-515-281-3861

HomeCheck: Free energy assessment for homes built before December 31, 2002 includes installation of water heater blanket, pipe insulation, low-flow faucet aerators and shower heads, waterbed mattress pad and energy-efficient light bulbs. Call 1-800-545-0762.


State utility resource information provided by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a service of the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.


State LIHEAP Contacts

Public Inquiries: 515-281-3861

LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts
LIHEAP Application Sites

Weatherization Assistance Program
Local Administering Agency Contacts

Iowa Delegation

District 1 – Bruce Braley (D)
District 2 – David Loebsack (D)
District 3 – Tom Latham (R)
District 4 – Steve King (R)
Charles Grassley (R)
Tom Harkin (D)

Iowa State Plan

2014 abbreviated State Plan

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