Topeka - The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) is
accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
through March 30, 2007. LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying
households pay winter heating bills. People with disabilities, elderly persons,
and families with children are the primary groups assisted.
Since SRS began accepting applications on January 16, 2007, SRS has received
40,491 applications and approved 28,901. The average benefit provided is
$292.75. Total benefits issued to date are a little more than $8.4 million.
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.
Eligible individuals who have not applied are encouraged to do so by March
30, 2007. 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