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Newsroom SRS to Accept Applications for Low Income Energy Assistance Program

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:

Persons living
at the address
Maximum allowable
1 $1,062
3 $1,799
4 $2,167
5 $2,535
**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 to apply online.