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Newsroom SRS to Accept Applications for Low Income Energy Assistance Program

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
1 $1,127
2 $1,517
​3 ​$1,907
​4 ​$2,297
​5 ​$2,687
**Add $390 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 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 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 to apply online beginning January 20.