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Elderly and disabled may qualify for early heating assistance

All others may apply starting Nov. 1

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 4:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 5:14 p.m. CDT

Applications will be taken starting Monday, Oct. 2, for the elderly and disabled for the 2017-18 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 SCICAP/Clarke County Outreach Office located at 114 S. Fillmore St. in Osceola will be taking applications from Oct. 2, 2017, through April 30, 2018. Applicants will need to furnish verification of Social Security numbers for everyone in the household, 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. 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:

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Special note: This year all households must apply at our outreach office. No automatic letters will be sent out for applications.

Those not elderly or disabled may apply beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1. For questions, call Janie at the Osceola office: 641-342-2101

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