LIEAP aid can help keep families warm

Heating your home during the winter months can create a financial burden. In an effort to help keep Kansans warm, the Kansas Department for Children and Families will began accepting applications for its Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Jan. 16.

Applications will be accepted until March 30.

“No family should have to endure the frigid temperatures of the winter months without proper heating,” said Gina Meier-Hummel. DCF secretary. “Our LIEAP program ensures low-income Kansans are able to escape the cold in the warmth of their homes.”

LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter heating bills. Persons with disabilities, older adults and families with children are the primary groups assisted.

In 2017, nearly 38,000 households received an average benefit of $525.

To qualify, applicants must be responsible for direct payment of their heating bills. Income eligibility requirements are set at 130 percent of the federal poverty level. The level of benefit varies according to household income, number of people living in the home, type of residence, type of heating fuel and utility rates.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have made payments on their heating bill two out of the past three months. Those payments must be equal to or exceed $80 or the total balance due on their energy bills, which­ever is less.

Applications for the program have been mailed to households that received energy assistance last year.

LIEAP applications also are available at local DCF offices and through partnering agencies as of Jan. 16. They can be requested by calling 1-800-432-0043.

To apply online, visit www.lieap.dcf.ks.gov. More information is available at http://www.dcf.ks.gov/services/ees/Pages/Energy/EnergyAssistance.aspx.

Income eligibility

Persons living at the address Maximum gross monthly income
1 $1,307
2 $1,760
3 $2,213
4 $2,665
5 $3,118
6 $3,571
7 $4,024
8 $4,477
9 $4,930
10 5,382
11 $5,835
12 $6,288