LIHEAP & Weatherization

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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

(LIHEAP)...

The LIHEAP Energy Assistance program is designed to aid qualifying low-income Iowa house-holds at or below 200% poverty in the payment of a portion of their residential heating costs for the winter heating season. LIHEAP is designed to encourage regular utility payments, promote energy awareness, and encourage reduction of energy usage through energy efficiency, client education, and weatherization.

Energy crisis intervention services also available through this program include:

  • Furnace Repair/replacement

  • Emergency fuel delivery and reconnection

  • Blankets

  • Heaters

  • Medically-necessary air conditioning

Applications are taken:

  • October 1 - April 30 for Elderly and Handicapped applicants

  • November 1 - April 30 for all applicants

Applicants are urged to visit our offices to speak with program staff. Visit our Find Us page to find the MATURA Outreach Center in the county you reside in.

Click here for eligibility and how to apply 

Click here for application (English)

Click here  for application (Spanish)

MATURA accepts LIHEAP applications for Adair, Adams, Madison, Ringgold, Taylor, and Union counties.  If you reside in another county in Iowa clink on the link below.

Click here for a list of all Iowa Community Action Agencies

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Low-Income Home Water Assistance Program  (LIHWAP)

LIHWAP Can:

  

     - Pay past due water bills

     - Pay reconnection fees

Who is Eligible?

     - Must be under income maximums*

     - Must demonstrate a water burden and currently be

       experiencing a water crisis**

LIHWAP Cannot:

     - Pay utility deposits for new service

     - Pay for any diversion fees

     - Pay for any repairs/replacements of water systems

       or equipment

     - Pay for costs related to individually-owned water

       systems like wells.

     ** - Criteria for Water Crisis includes:

  

     1 - Already Disconnected from Service

     2 - Has Received a Disconnection Notice

     3 - Is Currently on a Payment Plan with Vendor and

          Cannot Make Next Payment

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Weatherization...

The MATURA Weatherization program works closely with LIHEAP to help families increase their comfort and decrease home energy usage and cost.

Applicants for weatherization are taken from LIHEAP clients and prioritized according to their heating costs. Homes are evaluated by MATURA staff and private contractors are hired to undertake weatherization services on the home.

Weatherization services could include:

  • Insulation of attics, walls, and crawl spaces

  • Infiltration work such as caulking, sealing, and weather-stripping doors and windows

  • Furnace repair and replacement are also done on owner-occupied dwellings as needed

To be eligible for weatherization services, an application for LIHEAP must be completed. Please visit one of the Outreach Centers for more information and to apply for LIHEAP.

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