Do you, or someone you know, struggle to make ends meet? Are you having a hard time paying your utility bills so that you can heat your home in the winter, and cool your home in the summer? If so, you may qualify for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, otherwise known as LIEAP.
In Kansas, the LIEAP application process opens on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Keep reading to learn more about LIEAP and the application process.
If you have questions, or you need help with your LIEAP application, please call and we'll be happy to help:
In Dodge City call 620-227-1586
In Garden City call 620-272-0010
In Great Bend call 620-792-1393
What is LIEAP?
Adequate home heating and cooling are a necessity of life. If you can't heat or cool your home properly, you put your family at risk for health and safety problems. The elderly, disabled, and young children suffer the most from poor heating and cooling. LIEAP is a Federally-funded program that helps low income households pay for heating or cooling their homes.
LIEAP is not designed to pay for all of your energy costs for the year, season, or even the month, and it's likely that you'll only receive help with your main heating source. If you qualify, the amount of benefit depends on the amount of your household income, the number of people living in your home, the type of dwelling you live in, and the type of heating fuel that you use. LIEAP cannot be used for any other utiltiy bills such as water and sewer, unless water is necessary for cooling, as in the case of an evaporative cooler. In some states, LIEAP funds can be used for weatherization improvements in order to lower your energy bills in the future.
How do you qualify for LIEAP?
In order to qualify for LIEAP, an adult living at the address must be personally responsible for paying the heating costs incurred at the residence, payable to the landlord or utility company, and there must be a recent history of utility payments towards the primary heating energy. Additionally, the combined gross income (before deductions) of all persons living at the address may not exceed 130% of the federal poverty level, as indicated below.
|Persons Living at the Address||Maximum Gross Monthly Income|
|+1||$453 for each additional person|
When do you apply for LIEAP?
In Kansas, the 2018 LIEAP application period opens on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, and runs through the end of March. Regardless of whether you need help with winter heating or summer cooling, you MUST apply for LIEAP assistance during the application period between January and March; applications are NOT taken at any other time during the year.
How do you apply for LIEAP?
In Kansas, the best way to apply for LIEAP is to apply online. Click here to apply online. In southwest Kansas, you can also submit your application to:
1710 Palace Dr
Garden City KS 67846
If you need assistance with LIEAP or the LIEAP application office please call any of our Catholic Charities offices listed at the bottom of the page. We are happy to make an appointment with you and work through the application process.