Utility Bill Assistance

What if I need help immediately?

If one of the following applies to you, please apply for “crisis assistance.”

  1. You are disconnected from your natural gas, electricity, or water (including sewer) service.
  2. You have a disconnection notice from your natural gas, electricity, water, or sewer service provider.
  3. You are about to default on a payment arrangement you made with your utility company and will be at risk of disconnection.
  4. You use propane or fuel oil and your tank is at or below 30% full.

To apply for Crisis Assistance, please call us at 563-324-3236 during business hours, or start a conversation and we will assist you.

When Can I Apply for Assistance?

If you received a disconnection notice, or you have no power or water, you can apply any time. Otherwise, you can apply for assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) starting October 1, 2022, if your household includes someone age sixty or over, or someone who has a disability. All other households can apply beginning November 1, 2022. The last day to apply for the 2022-2023 winter heating season will be April 30, 2023.

How Do I Apply?

You can choose the way that works best for you. Income guidelines apply. Please view this list of documents you will need to apply. Submitting an application without the documentation will delay the processing of your application.

  1. Apply online: The online application is currently only available between October 1st and April 30th. Start a conversation now to tell us what you need and we will help you apply.
  2. Download a Paper Application: You can download a paper application to complete and mail it back to us. The application is provided in both English and Spanish. We also have application packets in red newspaper racks. You can visit one of these locations to pick up an application packet: Community Action, 500 East 59th Street, Davenport; Community Action inside the Muscatine Mall; Community Action at 101 Lynn Street, Tipton; DeWitt Referral Center (615 8th Street, DeWitt); and the Benevolent Society/IRAS 219 1st Avenue in Clinton.
  3. Visit one of our offices to apply in person. Please check the days and times for each location before visiting.
  4. Set your own appointment for a phone application: You can set an appointment for a phone application on a day and time that works for you. Click the button below to schedule an appointment.

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What Will I Receive if I Qualify?

You may be able to get help paying for part of your winter heating costs or catching up on an old bill or past due amount if you meet income guidelines.  Community Action of Eastern Iowa will help you apply for benefits through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Until you apply, we cannot tell you how much money you will receive, but the amount could range from $200 to more than $500.  Assistance levels depend on income level, family size, the type of fuel you use to heat your home, and other factors. If you are determined eligible for benefits through the LIHEAP program, you will also be prevented from disconnection from your heating and electrical service through April 1st of each year. If you heat your home with liquid propane (LP), you can qualify to receive delivery of propane through this program.

What if I Have a Question About This Program?

Please start a conversation and we will get back to you.

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