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We are not taking LIHEAP applications at this time. Applications will be available on October 1, 2022 for the elderly and/or disabled and November 1, 2022 for the general population. 

We are taking Crisis and/or LIHWAP applications via mail, email or in person. We are not taking online applications at this time. To receive a Crisis Assistance or LIHWAP application please contact the Operation Threshold office by phone (319) 291-2065 or by email at  

LIHEAP Frequently Asked Questions

Starting November 1, 2022 households can apply for utility assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Households approved for LIHEAP receive a payment to their hearing provider to help offset their winter heating costs.

After November 1, 2022  Customers can apply in the following ways:

  1. Email: Customers can email Operation Threshold staff at to request or submit an application.
  2. Phone: Customers can call Operation Threshold at the numbers listed below.  Leave a message requesting an application, along with your address.
    • Black Hawk County residents: 319-291-2065 
    • Buchanan County residents: 319-334-6081
    • Grundy County residents: 319-824-3460
  3. Pick-up/Drop-off: Applications will be available outside each Operation Threshold office building after November 1, 2022 or you will be able to print off an application here. Make sure to drop off your application and/or other information at the office serving the county where you live. The addresses can be found here
  4. Online: After November 1, 2022 customers will be able to submit an application for utility assistance online. Click here to apply. If you apply online, please send any required documentation to our Grundy Center office: PO Box 41, Grundy Center, IA 50638.

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be processed within 30 days of receipt, and applicants will be notified of their denial or their approval amount by mail.  Households may receive assistance only once per season.  Households already approved for assistance for the 2022-2023 will not be able to apply again until next season.  In addition, those who qualify for LIHEAP are also protected by the moratorium, which prevents utility companies from disconnecting utilities from November 1st through April 1st.  



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