Westar advisers to help low-income residents apply for assistance

02/18/2013 12:28 PM

02/18/2013 12:29 PM

Westar Energy employees will be in Wichita on Wednesday to help low-income residents apply for assistance in paying their utility bills.

The customer advisers will offer assistance in filling out forms to apply for the federal Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

In Wichita, the advisers will be at the Northeast Senior Center, 2121 E. 21st St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Advisers also will be available Tuesday in Emporia at the Salvation Army, 327 Constitution St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Westar has held similar events across Kansas because “several thousand applications are rejected annually due to an incomplete application or failing to provide supporting documents,” Peggy Ricketts, the utility’s vice president for customer care, said in a statement. “These on-site events help individuals understand the application process and what is needed to receive those benefits.”

Eligibility is based on income and household size. The eligibility threshold for a family of four is monthly income of $2,497 or less.

For eligibility information on other household sizes, visit www.dcf.ks.gov/services/ees/Pages/Energy/EnergyAssistance.aspx or call 800-432-0043.

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