Topeka - The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation
Services (SRS) is accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance
Program (LIEAP) through Tuesday, March 31, 2009. Applications must be received
in the SRS office by close of business on March 31st.
Funding for the LIEAP program is provided by the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Service through the Federal
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
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. So far this year,
34,041 qualifying households have been provided an average benefit of
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|
|**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
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 $80 whichever is less.
LIEAP applications are available online at srs.ks.gov, at local
SRS offices or can be requested by calling toll-free 1-800-432-0043.