Housing & Energy

Crisis Assistance...

Crisis assistance may be available to individuals or families who are in need of food, or help with utilities or rent. For more information, contact the MATURA Outreach Center in the county you reside. Visit our Find Us page for MATURA locations in our designated counties.


If you live in Iowa outside our designated counties, click here for a list of all Iowa Community Action Agencies.

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Monthly Food Pantry 

MATURA's six core counties each have an Outreach Center which offers a monthly Food Pantry for its residents in need.

Click here for more information.

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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 175% 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

Application date extended due to COVID-19

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

Click here for mailable application (English)

Click here for fillable application (English)

Click here for mailable application (Spanish)

Click here  for fillable application (Spanish)

Click here for eligibility and how to apply 

Go to the Find Us page for the email of the Outreach Centers to email your application and needed documents to.

Click here for a list of all Iowa Community Action Agencies



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.