Governor Laura Kelly announced Thursday that her administration will be expanding the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). The program provides qualifying households with an annual benefit to pay for winter heating bills. The program predominantly aids Kansas residents with disabilities as well families with children.

The Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF) has extended the application deadline for LIEAP to May 28th. DCF is also expanding income requirements from 130% of the federal poverty level to 150%. This means that previously denied applications will be reviewed and reevaluated, and those that meet the new income requirements will receive the benefit.

Applicants must be responsible for direct payment of their heating bills. The level of benefit is based on household income, type of residence, number of people residing within the home, and utility rates.

You need to have made payments on their heating bill two out of the last three months. Those payments must be equal to or exceed $80 or the total balance due on their energy bills, whichever is less.

LIEAP Applications are available at local DCF offices. They can be requested by calling 1-800-432-0043. You can also apply online by clicking here.