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Newsroom SRS reopens Low Income Energy Assistance Program to disaster counties
6/1/2007

Topeka - Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) has announced it will reopen the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) on Monday, June 4th to aid residents of Kiowa, Pratt, Stafford, and Edwards counties that were affected by the May 4th tornado. Kansans living or working in the Kiowa, Pratt, Stafford, and Edwards counties at the time of the disaster may apply for the benefit even if they are not currently residing in one of these four counties. Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 29th.

The benefit will consist of a one-time payment to help with energy bills. Those who received LIEAP benefits from January to March are not eligible, but individuals may reapply if their initial request was denied.

“SRS has extended the Low Income Energy Assistance Program to help those still recovering from the disaster,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan. “We are striving to offer relief in as many forms as residents work to rebuild their community.”

To qualify, applicants must be responsible for direct payment of their energy 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 utility bills 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.

LIEAP applications are available at any local SRS office or can be requested by calling toll-free 1-800-432-0043. To apply online visit www.srskansas.org. The LIEAP application form may be downloaded from our website at: http://www.srs.ks.gov/services/Pages/LIEAP.aspx.