LIHEAP & Weatherization
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
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:
Emergency fuel delivery and reconnection
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
Low-Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
- 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**
- Pay utility deposits for new service
- Pay for any diversion fees
- Pay for any repairs/replacements of water systems
- 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
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.