Housing and Energy Services

Crisis Assistance

Crisis assistance may be available to families or individuals who are in need of food, utilities, or help with rent.  For more information, they should contact the MATURA Outreach Center in their county. Visit our Find Us page for MATURA locations in our designated counties.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)

The LIHEAP Energy Assistance program is designed to aid qualifying low-income Iowa households at or below 175% poverty in the payment of a portion of their residential heating costs for the winter heating season.

LIHEAP is designed to encourage regular utility payments, promote energy awareness, and encourage reduction of energy usage through energy efficiency, client education, and weatherization.

Energy crisis intervention services also available through this program include:

  • Furnace repair/replacement
  • Emergency fuel delivery and reconnection
  • Blankets
  • Heaters
  • Medically-necessary air conditioning

Applications are taken:

  • October 1 – April 30 for Elderly and Handicapped applicants
  • November 1 – April 30 for all applicants

Applicants are urged to visit our offices to speak with program staff. For more information contact the Outreach Center in the county where you live. Visit our Find Us page to find the MATURA Outreach Center nearest you.

Click here for mailable application
Click here for eligibility and how to apply

Click here for a list of all Iowa community action agencies 

Weatherization ….

The MATURA Weatherization program works closely with LIHEAP to help families increase their comfort and decrease home energy usage and cost.

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Applicants for weatherization are taken from LIHEAP clients and prioritized according to their heating costs. Homes are evaluated by MATURA staff and private contractors are hired to undertake weatherization services on the home.

Weatherization services include:

  • Insulation of attics, walls, and crawl spaces
  • Infiltration work such as caulking, sealing, and weather-stripping doors and windows
  • Furnace repair and replacement are also done on owner-occupied dwellings as needed

To be eligible for weatherization services, an application for LIHEAP must be completed. Please visit one of our Outreach Centers for more information and to apply for LIHEAP.