The Kansas Department for Children and Families has begun accepting applications for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program.

LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter heating bills. Persons with disabilities, older adults, and families with children are the primary groups assisted. In 2019, more than 33,000 households received an average benefit of $576.

To qualify, applicants must be responsible for direct payment of their heating bills to either the landlord, utility company or fuel vendor. Income eligibility requirements are set at 130 percent of the federal poverty level. The level of benefit is based on federal funding received, anticipated number of applicants, type of dwelling, type of primary heating fuel, number of household members (citizens) and household income.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have made recent payments of at least $80 on their energy bills in the last three months, or if utilities are included in rent, paid rent in two of the last three months

Applications will be accepted until March 31.

If you are needing assistance filling out or submitting an application, the Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging can help. Call the office at 1-800-432-7422 or 785-628-8204 for an appointment.