The Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF), the state agency that administers the Kansas Low Income (Home) Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP or LIHEAP), announced the 2021 application period is open until May 28, 2021 for those seeking assistance with energy bills.
“We urge anyone who may be having difficulty paying electric bills to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Jerri Whitley, vice president of communications at Victory Electric.
LIEAP is a federally funded program that provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay a portion of their home energy bills. Persons with disabilities, older adults, and families with children are the primary groups assisted. In 2020, about 51,000 households received an average benefit of $715.
To qualify, applicants must be a resident of the state of Kansas, need financial assistance for home energy costs, and must be responsible for the direct payment of their energy bills. Income eligibility requirements are set at 150% of the federal poverty level. The level of benefit varies according to household income, number of people living in the home, type of residence, type of heating fuel and utility rates. Eligibility is based on an applicant’s energy and heating bill. If an applicant has gas heating and needs assistance covering electric costs, they need to request the benefit be split between the two utilities. Applicants must demonstrate a recent history of payments toward the purchase of the primary heating energy.
Victory Electric accepts LIEAP funds but does NOT administer the LIEAP program. Members can call Garden City DCF at 620-272-5800 or you can find more information on the program, including eligibility guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs), on DCF’s Energy Assistance webpage. Persons can submit an online application at the KSDCF website at https://cssp.kees.ks.gov/apspssp/sspNonMed.portal.
The 2021 LIEAP application period is from Monday, January 4, 2021, through Wednesday, May 28, 2021 at 5 p.m.