TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore announced today, the results of a temporary program designed to help low-income families that rely on propane as their primary heating source. Approximately 600 households applied for and have received assistance through the Emergency Propane Relief Program.
“During the recent propane crisis, the State of Kansas worked quickly with propane marketers and others to ensure that the high cost of propane did not stand in the way of keeping residents safe and warm,” Governor Sam Brownback said. “I want to thank everyone who made this happen.”
Governor Brownback directed DCF to create the Emergency Propane Relief Program to help families whose incomes fell between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level. The program provided a one-time $511 benefit to eligible households. The payment was issued as a two-party check, so that only the propane vendor could deposit it.
As propane costs are now leveling off and returning to close-to-normal levels, the Emergency Propane Relief Program will not be extended at this time.
“We are pleased that Kansans in need benefitted from this temporary program,” Secretary Gilmore said. “DCF staff worked as quickly as possible to process the applications with priority status.”
Priority status was also given to certain applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Applications that listed propane as the household’s primary heating source were processed with urgency. LIEAP is an energy assistance program for households with an income of less than 130 percent of the federal poverty level. The application period for LIEAP runs through March 31. Applications are available at all DCF service centers, online at www.dcf.ks.gov or by calling 1-800-432-0043.
Emergency Propane Relief Program applications are still being processed at this time, with approximately 250 still pending.