Guthrie County Family Development Center
400 State Street
PO Box 22
Guthrie Center, IA 50115
Phone: 641.747.3845, Extension 6020
September - April
Monday - Friday:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May - August
8am - 12pm
Wednesday: 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Closed on all Federal Holidays
The Guthrie County Family Development Center serves income eligible residents in Guthrie County. The Family Development Center is the information, application and referral center for all of the income eligible programs offered by New Opportunities, Inc. to serve families, individuals and elderly people of Guthrie County.
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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
When to apply:
Elderly (60 & over) and/or disabled apply October 1st to April 30th.
All other households apply November 1st to April 30th
(available by appointment) - Click here for Application!
LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. By doing so, you can reduce the risk of health and safety problems (such as illness, fire or eviction). The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing. LIHEAP currently has an income guideline of 200% POV or lower.
Other Forms Available:
|Household Size||Annual Gross Income|
|Each Additional Member Add:||$10,280|
Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
LIHWAP provides payments directly to water vendors. Households can receive payment assistance for past-due charges, fees, and taxes for drinking and wastewater services. Apply at your local New Opportunities County Office.
Utility Crisis Assistance provides help to income eligible households with limited resources. Utility Crisis Assistance currently has an income guideline of 200% POV or lower. Visit the Utility Crisis Assistance page to view more information.
Your application for energy assistance is also an application for weatherization of your home. Weatherization currently has an income guideline of 200% POV or lower. Visit the Weatherization page to view more information.
Food boxes are available once a month to Guthrie County families in need. Depending on availability, a food box would consist of meats, canned goods, baking products and toiletry items. There is no charge for the food pantry, but you will be asked basic household information and proof of residency in Guthrie county when applying. The New Opportunities Food Pantry is a proud partner of the Food Bank of Iowa. The Food Bank of Iowa supplements food pantry needs.
Are you or someone in your family in need of clothing? Stop in to see the range of donated items available, examples include: clothing, coats, and shoes. The cost for the items is very minimal. The money received from these purchases is used to help out other crisis situations that do occur. All items are donated to center for re-sale. New donated items are received daily. To make a donation of clothing items, please contact Rhonda to make an appointment.
FaDSS - Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Program
Visit the Family Development and Self Sufficiency Program page for more information. The FaDSS program works to improve the lives of families at risk of long-term welfare dependency or family instability by creating opportunities for self-sufficiency.
Financial Literacy Counseling
Visit the Financial Literacy Counseling page for more information on how to build your financial security through reducing debt, building savings, restoring credit, budgeting and wise shopping.
Visit the Disaster Assistance page for more information on the Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program and the Iowa Disaster Case Advocacy Program along with the application for assistance.