Thursday, November 27, 2014

Propane relief program available

By The Herald Staff | 2/3/2014

TOPEKA — A temporary emergency propane relief program to help Kansans was announced Monday.

Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore announced that those who rely on propane as the primary source of heating and whose income falls between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level may apply for state assistance in acquiring propane. The program is expected to provide a one-time $511 benefit to eligible households, according to a press release from Gilmore’s office. The payment will be made as a two-party check so only propane vendors may deposit it.

TOPEKA — A temporary emergency propane relief program to help Kansans was announced Monday.

Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore announced that those who rely on propane as the primary source of heating and whose income falls between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level may apply for state assistance in acquiring propane. The program is expected to provide a one-time $511 benefit to eligible households, according to a press release from Gilmore’s office. The payment will be made as a two-party check so only propane vendors may deposit it.

“We know that as propane costs have dramatically increased, working poor families are unable to afford the expense of keeping their homes warm,” Gov. Sam Brownback said. “I am excited to see [the Kansas Department for Children and Families] working quickly to help those in need in this emergency situation.”

The application period will be open from today through 5 p.m. March 4. Applications are available at all Department for Children and Families service centers. The applications can also be downloaded from www.dcf.ks.gov and faxed, emailed to propane@dcf.ks.gov or delivered directly to the nearest service center.

“This temporary program is designed to help low-income adults with children and older adults living on fixed incomes,” Gilmore said. “We look forward to helping Kansas families receive the help they need during this unexpected propane price hike.”

To qualify, households must use propane as the primary heating source and provide verification of their current propane vendor, provide verification of their household income for the past 30 days and the combined monthly gross income of household members must be between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

To fall between 130 to 185 percent of the federal poverty level, households must have a monthly income (for a household of one) between $1,211 and $1,771, (for a household of two) between $1,640 and $2,391, (for a household of three) $2,069 and $3,011, and (for a household of four) $2,498 and $3,631. Households below 130 percent of the federal poverty level may apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. Those who list propane as their primary heating source will receive priority status for processing.

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