Iowa Department of Human Rights Newsletter

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October 28, 2022

The Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR) brings strength to Iowa's rich heritage.  Our three divisions - Community Action Agencies, Community Advocacy and Services, and Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning - work to reduce cultural, social, and economic barriers to opportunities for Iowans to succeed.

Need Help Paying Your Home Energy Bill?

What is LIHEAP? 

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps Iowans stay safe and healthy by assisting with home energy costs. It is a federally-funded program administered by the Iowa Department of Human Rights/Division of Community Action Agencies.  

LIHEAP provides a one-time payment to the utility company.  It also provides assistance in averting a disconnection or reconnecting service.   

Qualified households are protected from having their gas or electric services shut off from November 1 through April 1. 

LIHEAP is administered through a network of local community action agencies that serve all 99 Iowa counties.

Who is eligible?

Eligibility is based on household income, size, and other factors.  To determine eligibility, contact your local community action agency.

How do I apply? 

The application period runs from November 1, 2022 -  April 30, 2023.  Applications  are accepted during October for households with a member who has a disability or is at least 60 years old.

You may apply at your local community action agency. To locate the agency that serves your county, visit or call the Iowa Department of Human Rights at 515-242-5655. 

Where can I find additional resources? 

Disability Employment Awareness Month

The Iowa Department of Human Rights is proud to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, a time to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the important role that workers with disabilities have in the labor force. The Iowa Department of Human Rights/Office of Persons with Disabilities promotes the employment of Iowans with disabilities and reduce barriers to employment.  View our website for information on disabilities rights guide, how to foster a disability-inclusive workplace, publications, and additional resources at

The 2022 Data on Iowans with Disabilities is also available at the Iowa Data Center which shows information on employment, income, race and ethnicity, age, and more.  

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Iowa Department of Human Rights
Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-242-5640 or 1-800-351-4659
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