Topeka - The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services announced today it is extending the application deadline for the Low Income Energy Assistance program. Kansans now have until April 28th to apply for this one-time benefit. High natural gas prices have not gone away, said SRS Secretary Gary Daniels. We want to make sure every Kansan who thinks they qualify for this benefit has a chance to apply. The Kansas Cold Weather Rule will also end on March 31st , meaning many families will be faced with the prospect of having their utilities shut off.
It's important we do what we can to help those struggling with heating bills that are eligible for this program, said Governor Kathleen Sebelius. We encourage Kansans to take advantage of this extension and apply if they think they may qualify.
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 household's 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.
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