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Utility assistance programs open to southeast Iowa residents

Financial assistance is available to help low-income residents in southeast Iowa afford their heating bills.

The federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Community Action of Southeast Iowa is helping residents in Lee, Des Moines, Henry, and Louisa counties apply through LIHEAP. Director Lisa Nafziger said the program provides an average of $400 of financial assistance to each eligible family.

For more information about the income requirements for the LIHEAP program, visit the Iowa Department of Human Rights website.

In addition, utility company Alliant Energy said it has contributed $4 million toward its energy bill assistance program called the Hometown Care Energy Fund.

Customers of the Madison, Wisconsin-based company who qualify are eligible to receive as much as $500 to put toward their heating bill.

Michael Luhrs, Senior Vice President of Customer Experience and Strategy at Alliant, said the utility provider wants its customers who struggle to afford their energy bills to apply.

“We encourage customers in need to take advantage of the available resources to help manage their energy finances,” Luhrs said in a released statement. “We’re

Those interested in the Alliant Energy program can learn more online on the Alliant Energy website.

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