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MICA to Provide Energy Assistance

October 2, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Beginning Oct. 1, Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc. (MICA) will begin accepting applications for the agency's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). At that time, the agency will accept applications from individuals age 60 or older and those with a disability.

On Nov. 1, MICA will begin accepting all other LIHEAP applications.

LIHEAP provides a one-time payment to help pay a household's heating costs. To be eligible for assistance, individuals must earn 150 percent or less of federal poverty guidelines.

For example, an individual can earn no more than $16,755 annually to be eligible. A family of four could not earn more than $34,575. However, individuals who do not meet income requirements may be able to qualify with a medical hardship exception.

Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Iowa Department of Human Rights/Division of Community Action Agencies, LIHEAP is not designed to pay a household's total energy costs for the winter. Instead, it provides supplemental assistance based on several factors, including household income, household size, dwelling type, type of heating fuel, and others.

Households that are approved for LIHEAP may also qualify for weatherization services from MICA.

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For more information or to apply for LIHEAP, contact your local MICA Family Development Center. LIHEAP forms and instructions may also be found online at www.micaonline.org. Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2013.

To apply, please bring the following:

A copy of your most recent heating and electric bill.

Fact Box

Tama County:

Tama County Family Development Center

105 South State Street

Tama, IA 52339

Phone: 641-484-4713 Toll Free: 877-362-5031

Contact: Sharla VanderVen:

sharla.vanderven@micaonline.org

Monday

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

walk in hours

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

appointments

Tuesday

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

appointments

Wednesday

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

appointments

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

appointments

Thursday

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

appointments

Friday

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

appointments

Proof of all household members' gross incomes for the past three months or the most recent income tax return. Documentation of the most recent 30 days of income may also be acceptable. To learn more, call your local MICA Family Development Center.

Birth dates and general information for all household members.

Social Security cards or I-94 cards for all household members.

 
 

 

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