Low income families may apply for federal energy assistance starting this week.
The Kansas Department for Children and Families said it will begin accepting applications Tuesday for its annual Low Income Energy Assistance Program to help qualifying households pay winter heating bills.
The primary groups assisted are people with disabilities, older adults and families with children, the DCF said in a release.
“The frigid temperatures are here, and many families are struggling to stay warm,” Phyllis Gilmore, secretary of the department, said in the release. “We have … staff trained and ready to begin processing applications, so families can afford to heat their homes.”
Income eligibility requirements are set at 130 percent of the federal poverty level, and applicants must be responsible for direct payment of their heating bills to qualify, the department said.
The level of benefit varies according to household income, number of people living in the home, types of residence and heating fuel, and utility rates, the statement said.
In 2015, nearly 48,000 households received an average payment of $412, the release said. The energy assistance is a once a year benefit.
Applications for the program have been mailed to households that received energy assistance last year. They can be requested by calling 800-432-0043. To apply online, visit www.lieap.dcf.ks.gov.
Applications will be accepted from Tuesday through March 31.