Qualifying Kansans are encouraged to submit applications to receive assistance paying for water and energy bills by month’s end. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) and Emergency Water Assistance Program (EWAP), both managed by the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), will stop accepting applications at 5 p.m. on March 31.
LIEAP is an annual program that provides financial assistance to families struggling to pay their heating bills during the cold winter months. Information about the program, including how to apply and Frequently Asked Questions, are available at bit.ly/421Er6t.
EWAP was created in 2021 in response to the COVID pandemic. It was established to help families restore or prevent the disconnection of drinking water and wastewater services. This temporary program will close permanently on March 31. Learn more and apply for the program by visiting bit.ly/421Er6t.
The income qualifications for both programs are $1,699 for one person living at an address, $2,289 for two, $2,879 for three, $3,469 for four, $4,059 for five, and $4,649 for households of six. For larger households, add $590 for each additional person.
EWAP is funded by the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Funding for LIEAP 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.