Federal funding released to help families in Iowa with heating and cooling costs

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

The Administration for Children and Families has released $47,614,509 to help low-income families in Iowa stay warm during winter months, cool during summer months and make cost-effective home energy repairs.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is run by the Office of Community Services at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, provides funding to states, the District of Columbia, territories and tribes to assist households with paying energy bills and weatherize homes for energy improvements.

“Unsafe indoor temperatures are unacceptable conditions for anyone to live in, especially for seniors and families with young children,” said Jeannie Chaffin, director of the Office of Community Services at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families. “With these LIHEAP funds helping households in Iowa with limited incomes pay their home heating and cooling bills, these families and individuals can use their income to pay for other critical necessities such as food and medicine.”

LIHEAP funding assists households with meeting home energy needs, including vulnerable households with very young children, individuals with disabilities and older individuals. Individuals interested in applying for energy assistance should contact their local or state LIHEAP agency or call 866-674-6327.