Topeka- Applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) are being taken beginning January 17 through the end of March 2006. Applications for the program have been mailed to persons who received energy assistance last year, along with other targeted low-income families, including those who received food assistance or cash assistance in December 2005.
Other households may request a LIEAP application from their local Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) office and other helping agencies. Those seeking the assistance can also ask for an application by calling toll-free 1-800-432-0043 or go to www.srs.ks.gov to apply online.
LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay for home fuel and energy purchases. In 2005, benefits were provided to 49,793 households. Benefits averaged $308. The applicant household’s eligibility for benefits is based solely on eligibility criteria. If eligible, an applicant will receive a pre-determined benefit based on their particular circumstances. This benefit will be the same regardless of when they apply.
As it has for more than 20 years, SRS will administer the LIEAP program. Because of high natural gas prices, SRS Secretary Gary Daniels said providing help to low-income people in meeting household energy needs is extremely important."LIEAP helps elderly persons, persons with disabilities, or people out of work or in low-wage jobs pay their heating utility bill," said Daniels. "Given the current energy prices it becomes extremely important Kansans take advantage of this meaningful program."
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. 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. Beginning this year 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% of the household’s gross income or $40 whichever is less.
Persons with incomes within the following guidelines may receive LIEAP benefits:
|Persons living at the address
||Maximum allowable monthly income |
|Add $353 for each additional person