Topeka - The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation
Services (SRS) will be accepting applications for the Low Income Energy
Assistance Program (LIEAP) from Tuesday, January 22 through Monday, March 31,
LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter
heating bills. Individuals with disabilities, elderly persons, and families with
children are the primary groups assisted. An average benefit of $293.43 was
provided to 41,269 households in 2007.
“This important program helps those in need maintain safe and warm homes
throughout the cold winter months,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan.
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:
|**Add $377 for each additional
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