Some Kansans May Receive Help Paying Their Energy Bills
WICHITA, Kansas (KSNW) – With the cold weather hitting Kansas comes soaring prices for energy bills.
According to the US Energy Information Administration and the Kansas Corporation Commission, the cost of gas across the country is expected to increase by 30%, while energy costs are expected to increase by 6%.
Some Kansans can get help to heat their homes this winter.
“This pressure on already stressed family financial situations is concerning,” said DCF secretary Laura Howard. “The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) is ready to help the Kansans with the Low Income Assistance Program (LIEAP). “
LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help eligible households pay their heating bills in winter.
The main groups assisted by LIEAP are the disabled, the elderly and families with children.
According to DCF, in 2021, 38,750 households received an average benefit of $ 1,389, an increase from 2020 when about 34,000 households received an average benefit of $ 960.
Applications for the program are accepted until Thursday, March 31 at 5 p.m.
According to the DCF, to be eligible, applicants must be responsible for direct payment of their heating bills.
Income eligibility requirements are set at 150% of the federal poverty line. The level of benefits varies depending on household income, number of people living in the dwelling, type of residence, type of heating fuel and utility prices.
Applicants must have paid their heating bill two of the last three months. These payments must be equal to or greater than $ 80 or the total balance owing on their energy bills, whichever is less.
Determination of income eligibility:
|Persons residing at the address||Maximum gross monthly income|
|+1||$ 568 for each additional person|
DCF has sent out applications for the program to households that received energy assistance last year.
LIEAP applications are also available at local DCF offices and through partner agencies from January 3. They can be requested by calling 1-800-432-0043. Residents can also apply online.
The financing of the Low-income energy assistance program is provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Service through the Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
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