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Newsroom Application period for Low Income Energy Assistance Program to end March 30
3/19/2007

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:


Persons Living
at the address
Maximum allowable
monthly income
1 $1,062
2 $1,430
​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.


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 online.