New Opportunities to start taking Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program applications Nov. 1

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New Opportunities will start taking applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Nov. 1. PHOTO BY ALLISON ULLMANN/THE PERRY CHIEF

Applications will be taken starting Nov. 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 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.

New Opportunities will be taking applications from Nov. 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019 (The first working day of October for households with elderly/disabled member). Applicants will need to furnish some form of identification, 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.

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.

*For households with more than eight members, add $7,560 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.

For more information, contact New Opportunities Dallas County Family Development Center at 1212 2nd St., Perry or at 515-465-5185.