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Operation Threshold To Begin Taking Limited Applications for Energy Assistance Program

October 3, 2019
Reinbeck Courier
Black Hawk, Buchanan and Grundy Counties: Applications will be taken starting November 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Iowa Department of Human Rights/DCAA, and has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs. Operation Threshold will be taking applications from November 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020. The application period begins October 1, 2019 for households with an elderly or disabled member or households with a disconnect notice. Applicants will need to furnish some form of identification for all household members, a copy of their most recent heating and electric bill, and proof of all household members’ gross income for the past 30 days or for the past calendar year. Applicants will also have to provide proof of their Social Security Number and documentation for every member of the household. Any household applying to LIHEAP for the first time will need to meet with an Operation Threshold staff person. Returning applicants with last names beginning with the letters S through Z will also need to meet with an Operation Threshold staff member. This program is not designed to pay a household’s total energy costs. The program will provide supplemental assistance based on several factors. Those factors include total household income, household size, dwelling type, and type of heating fuel, among others.

Eligibility for participation is established according to the following federal income guidelines: Household Size /Annual Gross Income* ** 1 $21,858 2 $29,593 3 $37,328 4 $45,063 5 $52,798 6 $60,533 7 $68,268 8 $76,003

*For households with more than eight members, add $7,735 for each additional member. ** All income will be annualized. Income will be collected for a 30 day period – count back 30 days, including the date of application. Those who qualify for LIHEAP are also protected by the moratorium, which prevents utility companies from disconnecting utilities from November 1st through April 1st. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. It is important for applicants to apply as early as possible. Households may receive assistance once per season. Households already approved for assistance for the 2019-2020 will not be able to apply again until next season. For more information, or to make a donation to assist low-income households with an energy crisis (including emergency LP deliveries or utility disconnect situations), contact one of the Operation Threshold offices listed below or visit our website at

Black Hawk County Office 1535 Lafayette St. Waterloo, IA 50703 (319) 291-2065

Buchanan Couty Office 1827 First St. West Independence, IA 50644 (319) 334-6081

Grundy County Office 1606 G Avenue Grundy Center, IA 50638 (319) 824-3460



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