Community Action of Eastern Iowa is accepting applications from elderly and handicapped residents  for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

All other low-income households may begin applying on Nov. 1. The program serves homeowners and renters in Scott, Clinton, Cedar and Muscatine counties, paying a portion of a household’s winter heating costs. Last year, about 10,000 households applied for assistance.

Applicants should bring proof of income for the past 90 days and a recent copy of a heating and electric bill, plus proof of each family member’s Social Security number. Eligibility is based on federally established income guidelines, for example, a family of four can earn no more than $8,644 in a three-month period. Eligible households may also receive insulation and other energy conservation assistance.

Households who are over the regular income guidelines may still be eligible for benefits through the medical waiver component if medical expenses are documented, paid and non-reimbursable.

To apply, contact Community Action of Eastern Iowa, 500 E. 59th St., Davenport, or call 563-324-3236. Applicants in Muscatine, Clinton and Cedar counties should contact their nearest Community Action office. In the Davenport, Clinton, Muscatine and Tipton offices, appointments are taken for Wednesdays. On other weekdays, no appointment is needed. The last day to apply is April 30, 2013.

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