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WDM Human Services taking applications for Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) until April 28

Post Date:03/22/2017 3:19 PM

Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the 2016-2017 program year will be taken by the West Des Moines Human Services Department until April 28, 2017.

The LIHEAP program assists qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters by paying a portion of their primary heating costs. This program is not designed to pay a household’s total energy costs.

WDM Human Services is located at 139 6th Street. Applications will be accepted on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon). All first time applicants must apply in person.

Walk-ins will be accepted during application hours. For those who are unable to make it during regular application hours due to work or a documented medical reason, appointments may be available for later afternoon hours or applicants can request that materials be mailed to their home address.

To apply, applicants must bring the following documents:

* Proof of identification in the form of Social Security cards for all household members. A photo ID is also required for the head of household.

* Proof of all household members’ gross income for the past 3 months or for the past calendar year (a copy of your 2016 federal income tax return is preferred).

* If renting, your landlord’s name, address and telephone number.

* A copy of your most recent heating/electric bill.

LIHEAP assistance is a one-time payment to your energy provider and it is based on household income, household size, dwelling type, type of fuel and other factors. Eligibility for participation is established according to the following federal income guidelines:

Income Maximums

Household Size

LIHEAP Three-Month
Gross Income

Gross Income



















For households with more than six members, add $1,820/$7,280
for each additional member.


LIHEAP is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Iowa Department of Human Rights/DCAA. West Des Moines Human Services serves as a delegate agency of IMPACT Community Action Partnership for the purpose of taking LIHEAP applications.



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