Iowa residents behind on their heating bills will soon need to make a plan for spring. Iowa's winter disconnection freeze for low income households ends on Sunday, April 1st.
Christine Taylor, from the Iowa Department of Human Rights, says needy households can apply for an extension through April 30th.
"Compared to last year this date, we are up bout 2000 applications. Which could be because of that cold snap we had in January or Outreach, just more people who are eligible are actually coming through the doors. There are just so many people in need and there are still people who don't know about the program."
About 80,000 applications are approved for the extension last year. Crisis funds are available year round for certain cases.
Taylor encourages Iowa residents behind on their heating bills to work with their community action agencies or utility companies to set up an affordable payment plan.
Locations can be found on the Iowa Department of Human Rights website.