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MATURA offers low-income energy assistance

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 9:52 a.m. CDT

Applications will be taken starting Nov. 1 for the 2013-14 low-income home energy assistance program. 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.

The MATURA Action Corporation Neighborhood Center, 300 E. Montgomery St., Suite 3, will be taking applications from Nov. 1 through April 30, 2014, (Oct. 1 for households with elderly/disabled member) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. For more information, call the center at 641-782-3346.

Applicants will need to furnish some form of identification, a copy of their most recent heating and electric bill, telephone bill and proof of all household members’ gross income for the past three months or for the past calendar year. Applicants are required to bring proof of each household member’s Social Security number.

The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel and other factors. Eligibility for participation is established according to the following federal income guidelines:

Income maximums according to household size, LIHEAP three-month gross income and LIHEAP annual gross income are:

1; $4,309; $17,235 2; $5,816; $23,2653; $7,324; $29,2954; $8,831; $35,3255; $10,339; $41,355

6; $11,846; $47,385

For households with more than six members, add $1,508 or $6,030 for each additional member.

*Medical Waiver: Households who are over LIHEAP regular income guidelines may be eligible for LIHEAP benefits through a medical waiver component. The medical expenses must be documented, paid and non-reimbursable. For more information, contact your local community action agency.

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