State agency to start taking requests for help with heating bills

01/16/2014 3:57 PM

01/16/2014 3:57 PM

A state agency next week will start taking applications from low-income Kansas families to help pay for heating bills this winter.

The Kansas Department of Children and Families will begin taking applications from qualified people and families Tuesday and continue through March 31, according to a DCF news release.

Applications to the federally funded program can be made by going to local DCF offices, online at www.dcf.ks.gov or calling 800-432-0043. In 2013, nearly 48,000 households received an average benefit of $489, according to the DCF.

Eligibility guidelines for assistance:

• Applicants must be directly responsible for paying their heating bills are eligible.
• Applicants must demonstrate they have made payments on their heating bill two out of the last three months. Those payments must be at least $80 or the total balance due – whichever is less.
• Must meet the following income guidelines, which are based on the number of people living at the address and maximum allowable monthly income: one person, $1,210; two, $1,639; three, $2,068; four, $2,497; five, $2,926; six, $3,355. Add $429 for each additional person.

Applications have been mailed to those who received assistance from the program last year.

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