Applications now open for Kansas energy assistance program

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Posted at 1:31 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 14:31:58-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Kansans who need assistance in paying for heating bills during the winter can now apply to the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).

Evergy is encouraging people in need to apply for the program, which provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay their winter heating bills. Persons with disabilities, older adults and families with children are the primary groups who are assisted.

In 2020, about 34,000 families received an average of $600 in assistance according to the company.

Applicants must provide utility account numbers, proof of income and social security numbers for all members of their household.

The level of assistance depends on household income, number of people living in the home, type of residence, type of heating fuel and utility rates.

“We have customers in need of help right now and are pleased funds may be available to them with the opening of the LIEAP applications window,” David Mehlhaff, BPU Chief Communications Officer, said. “When we are connecting with our customers to provide helpful resources and services, sharing information about LIEAP is a meaningful way to help, especially now when times are challenging for so many.”

Families can apply for the program until Wednesday, March 31.

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