Topeka- The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) began accepting online applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) today ahead of the opening of the program’s annual processing period. Kansans can apply online now at www.ks-energy-assistance.com and can submit a paper form from January 13 through March 31, 2011. Applications submitted online will be processed starting January 13. Submitting an early online application will expedite processing and help eligible households receive their benefits sooner.
“Winter weather can be unpredictable in Kansas, and LIEAP helps ensure that families with low incomes have warm, safe homes throughout the cold season,” said acting SRS Secretary Laura Howard.
LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter heating bills. The program primarily assists individuals with disabilities, elderly persons, and families with children. In 2010, 50,946 households received an average benefit of $714.92.
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 living at the address Maximum allowable monthly income
Add $406 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.
Anyone receiving an SRS benefit (cash, medical, food assistance or LIEAP) will automatically receive an application packet in the mail by January 13, 2011, and they are encouraged to use the application and return envelope that is included to expedite processing. LIEAP applications are also available at local SRS offices or can be requested by calling toll-free 1-800-432-0043.
Visit www.ks-energy-assistance.com to submit an application online now.