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 20 through Tuesday, March 31, 2009.
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 $533.23 was
provided to 41,793 households in 2008.
“During a time when all families are struggling to meet the rising costs of
living, I’m pleased that we can continue to administer this important program
that 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:
|Persons livingat the address
||Maximum allowablemonthly income|
|**Add $390 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
energy utility bill(s) during the last three months and those combined payments
must be equal to 10% of the household’s monthly gross income or $80, whichever
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/online.app/
to apply online beginning January 20.