Black Hawk, Buchanan and Grundy Counties-  Operation Threshold is taking applications starting November 1, 2013 for the 2013-2014 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The 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. Operation Threshold, located at 1535 Lafayette Street in Waterloo.

Applications will be taken starting October 1, 2013 for households with an elderly/disabled member or those with a disconnect notice.  Each applicant will need to provide personal identification, copies of social security cards for all household members, proof of all household members’ gross income for the past three months, in addition to copies of their most recent heating and electric bills.

The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and other factors.  Households who are over LIHEAP regular income guidelines may be eligible for LIHEAP benefits through our medical waiver component.  The medical expenses must be documented, paid, and non-reimbursable.

Eligibility for participation is established according to the following federal income guidelines:

INCOME MAXIMUMS: Listed by Household Size; LIHEAP Three Monthly Gross  Income; LIHEAP Annual Gross Income.

1, $4,306.00, $17,235.00;

2, $5,816.00, $23,265.00;

3, $7,324.00, $29,295.00;

4, $8,831.00, $35,325.00;

5, $10,339.00, $41,355.00;

6, $11,846.00, $47,385.00.

For households with more than six members, add $1,508 / $6,030.00 for each additional member.

For further information regarding energy assistance or LIHEAP assistance, contact Operation Threshold at (319) 291-2065.