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Energy assistance deadline is Friday

Published on -3/25/2013, 1:31 PM

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Special to The Hays Daily News

TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department for Children and Families will continue to accept applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program through Friday. Applications must be received in the LIEAP Processing Center or a DCF office prior to close of business Friday.

LIEAP is an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter heating bills. Individuals with disabilities, elderly persons and families with children are the primary groups assisted. The program will provide an average benefit of $386 to the 46,250 individuals whose applications have been received so far this season.

Taxpayer funding for the LIEAP program is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Service's Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

To qualify, applicants must be responsible for direct payment of their heating bills. Income eligibility guidelines are set at 130 percent of the federal poverty level. People with incomes within the following guidelines may receive LIEAP benefits:

1 person living at address -- $1,210 maximum allowable monthly income

2 people -- $1,639

3 people -- $2,068

4 people -- $2,497

5 people -- $2,926

Add $429 for each additional person

The level of benefit varies according to household income, number of people living at the address and type of heating fuel and utility rates.

LIEAP applications are available at local DCF offices or by calling toll-free (800) 432-0043. Visit www.dcf.ks.gov to apply online. There will not be a supplemental LIEAP benefit issuance during 2013.

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