Topeka - Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) will begin accepting
applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) on Tuesday,
January 16, 2007. Applications will be accepted through March 30, 2007.
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program ensures those in need are kept safe
and warm this winter, said SRS Acting Secretary Don Jordan.
LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter
heating bills. In 2006, an average benefit of $554 was provided to 41,787
households. People with disabilities, elderly persons, and families with
children are the primary groups assisted.
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 incomes within the following guidelines may
receive LIEAP benefits:
at the address
|**Add $369 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% of the household's gross income or $40 whichever is less.
Applications for the program 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 www.srs.ks.gov to apply online.