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Program to provide assistance to pay summer energy bills

Nearly 54,000 low-income Kansans granted energy assistance for winter heating costs will receive an additional payment to help relieve soaring summer utility bills.

Participants in the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will receive an another $340, on average, to help pay their home energy costs, The Kansas Department for Children and Families announced Thursday. The payment supplements the $182 each participant received over the winter, according a news release.

LIEAP provides a one-time payment to help low-income citizens pay winter heating costs. The additional payment is available only to those who received the winter payment this year.

Funds are paid directly to utility service providers.

The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Service through the Federal Low Income Energy Assistance Program. LIEAP applications are accepted January through March. Citizens must apply annually and meet income and eligibility guidelines to continue receiving the benefit each year.

For more information, go to www.dcf.ks.gov and search for “Energy Assistance.”

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