Black Hawk, Buchanan and Grundy Counties – Operation Threshold began taking applications for this seasons Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on last fall. To date over 5,100 households have applied for assistance.

There is still time to apply. Operation Threshold will be accepting LIHEAP applications through April 30, 2018.

The program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and has been established to help qualifying low-income homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs. In addition, those who qualify for LIHEAP are also protected by the moratorium, which prevents utility companies from disconnecting utilities from November 1st through April 1st.

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. Applicants will also have to provide proof of their Social Security Number and documentation for every member of the household (if we do not already have it on file).

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 2017-2018 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 the Black Hawk County office at 1535 Lafayette St., Waterloo, IA 50703, phone (319) 291-2065 or visit our website at