LIEAP offers help for energy bills for low-income families

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will be accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program from Tuesday, Jan. 22 through Monday, March 31.

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

An average benefit of $293.43 was provided to 41,269 households in 2007.

?This important program helps those in need maintain safe and warm homes throughout the cold winter months,? said SRS Secretary Don Jordan.

To qualify, applicants must be responsible for direct payment of their heating bills. Income eligibility guidelines are set at 130 percent of the federal poverty level.

Persons with monthly incomes within these guidelines may receive LIEAP benefits: one person living at the address $1,107; two persons, $1,484; three persons, $1,861; four persons, $2,238; five persons, $2,615.

For households with more than five persons, add $377 for each additional person.

The level of benefit varies according to household income, number of persons living at the address, type of dwelling, type of heating fuel and utility rates.

Applicants must demonstrate they have made payments on their heating utility bill two out of the last three months and those payments must be equal to 10 percent of the household?s gross income or $40, whichever is less.

Applications have been mailed to households who received energy assistance last year, along with other targeted low-income families, including those who received food assistance or cash assistance in December.

LIEAP applications are available at local SRS offices or can be requested by calling toll-free 1-800-432-0043.

Visit to apply online.

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