Black Hawk, Buchanan and Grundy Counties- Operation Threshold will be taking limited applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning October 1, 2015. The income eligibility limits for the program increased to 175% of the Federal poverty level this year, allowing more households to qualify for the program.
Please note, at this time ONLY households with individuals age 60 or older, or are disabled, or have a written disconnection notice. or are currently disconnected from their heating or electricity provider, can apply starting on October 1st.
All other households may apply beginning November 2nd.
Each applicant will need to provide proof of social security number for all household members (unless proof is already on file with Operation Threshold). Applicants will also need to bring proof of all household members’ gross income for the past three months and copies of their most recent heating and electric bills.
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. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and other factors.
All low-income Iowans are encouraged to apply, including senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Eligibility for participation is established according to the following federal income guidelines, which list the number of household members followed by the maximum annual income:
1 – $20,598
2 – $27,878
3 – $35,158
4 – $42,438
5 – $49,718
6 – $56,998
(Add $7,280 for each additional member)

For further information regarding energy assistance or LIHEAP assistance, contact Operation Threshold at the numbers listed below or at www.operationthreshold.org.
Black Hawk County: (319) 291-2065
Buchanan County: (319) 334-6081
Grundy County: (319) 824-3460