Energy & Water Assistance

We are not taking online applications for LIHWAP or crisis at this time. Please contact your county Family Development office in person or over the phone for assistance.

What are LIHEAP and LIHWAP

The purpose of LIHEAP (Energy Assistance) and LIHWAP (Water Assistance) is to provide supplemental assistance to you in times of crisis, so you can access basic needs like heat and water, even if you are behind on your bill. Both provide a one-time payment to the utility vendor. LIHEAP can also grant a moratorium so that your heat isn’t shut off during the cold winter months. LIHWAP is designed specifically for municipal water and can help prevent you from being disconnected or get you reconnected.

Do I qualify for LIHEAP or LIHWAP?

You can apply for MICA’s LIHEAP and LIHWAP programs if you live in Marshall, Hardin, Tama, Poweshiek, or Story County. You must also meet income guidelines (about $42,375 or under for a family of four for LIHEAP, $53,000 for LIHWAP) and pay a utility company directly for your energy or water. LIHEAP applications begin October 1 for seniors or persons with disabilities and November 1 for all other families. Applications are accepted until April 30.