Documents You Need for Utility Assistance
Having the correct paperwork when you apply will make your application easier. The list below answers the questions most people have about what to bring. If you have a different income, or still have questions after reading the list, please call us or use the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page. You can also download a printable checklist at this link.
- Proof of Social Security Numbers for All Household Members. Bring Social Security cards for everyone living in your home. If someone does not have a card, contact the branch office you will visit to find out what to do. Adults can use a valid Iowa Drivers License instead of a Social Security Card.
- Most Recent Heating Bill.
- Most Recent Electric Bill.
- Proof of Income for All Household Members. You may provide income from the past 30 days prior to the application, or for the past year, whatever is easier or more beneficial for you. The chart below describes the documents you should have available for the types of income that apply to your household.
Utility Assistance Income Documents
|Type of Income||Past 30 days||Past Year|
|Wages, Salary||Paycheck stubs for the past 30 days (if paid every other week, most recent 2)||All W-2 forms, or your last completed Federal Income Tax return|
|Self Employment, Rental Income, or Farm Income||Not applicable||Last completed Federal Income Tax Return|
|Social Security (Disability or Retirement), or SSI||Check copy, award letter, or bank statement showing direct deposit||1099 SSA letter, or last completed Federal Income Tax return for SSA or SSDI. For SSI, we will need a printout from social security for all months|
|Pension, Retirement, or Veteran's Benefits||Copy of award letter, copy of check received, or bank statement showing direct deposit||1099 R for pension or retirement income, or most recent Federal Income Tax return|
|Adoption Subsidy||Copy of the check or the monthly statement||Monthly statements from the past year|
|Child Support||Child Support printout, copy of the check, or statement from the payer||Printout for the past year, copies of checks, or statement from payer|
|Family Investment Program (FIP) Benefits||Award letter from DHS or copy of your check. If you have received FIP for more than one month, we may be able to get this for you||Our office can get this for you if you have lived in the county for the past year|
|Worker's Compensation||Benefit statements||Benefit statements for the past year or statement from the payer|
|Dividend Benefits||Letter or statement showing the amount received||1099 DIV or the most recent Federal Income Tax return|
|Unemployment Benefits||Printout from Workforce Development||1099 G or most recent Federal Income Tax return|