Thursday, October 23, 2014

Agency offers cooling assistance

By The Herald Staff | 7/7/2014

TOPEKA — With intense summer heat expected to hit Kansas soon, the Kansas Department for Children and Families announced this week a program for low-income residents to help them pay their utility bills.

“Although we’re enjoying a nice comfortable week of weather, extreme heat is likely just around the corner,” Phyllis Gilmore, Kansas Department for Children and Families secretary, said. “This extra assistance will help keep Kansans safe from dangerous conditions.”

TOPEKA — With intense summer heat expected to hit Kansas soon, the Kansas Department for Children and Families announced this week a program for low-income residents to help them pay their utility bills.

“Although we’re enjoying a nice comfortable week of weather, extreme heat is likely just around the corner,” Phyllis Gilmore, Kansas Department for Children and Families secretary, said. “This extra assistance will help keep Kansans safe from dangerous conditions.”

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program 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. Nearly 48,000 households received an average benefit of $449 this winter, the agency said.

Funding is available to provide an additional benefit to those households for energy costs. Households that applied and received a benefit during the regular application period will automatically be issued a supplemental benefit of approximately $74, bringing the average benefit for the year to more than $520. The supplemental funds are in the process of being dispersed.

Funding for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Service through the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, according to the release.

For more information on the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, visit http://www.dcf.ks.gov/services/ees/Pages/Energy/EnergyAssistance.aspx or call (800) 432-0043.

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