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Low-income Missourians to receive assistance staying warm this winter

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) -

The Missouri Department of Social Services says applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program now being accepted.

They say the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help them with their heating bills this fall and winter.

“Cold winters can be especially difficult for Missourians who struggle to afford their basic heating bills,” said Brian Kinkade, Missouri Department of Social Services Director. “LIHEAP lessens the impact of higher energy bills for low-income Missourians so that they can stay healthy and safe during the cold winter months.”

According to social services, LIHEAP offers help paying heating bills through March. Payment amounts can range from $45 to $450, and are based on the household size, income, and type of fuel used for home heating. Payments are generally made directly to the utility company.

In 2014, more than 146,000 Missouri households received LIHEAP assistance.

The requirements are to be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence, responsible for paying home heating costs, have an income at or below 135 percent of the poverty level ($26,716 annually for a family of three), and have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts, or investments.

Applications are now being accepted. Individuals interested in the program can apply through their local LIHEAP contract agency.

Visit: http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/eassist/pdf/hcapp.pdf or visit www.DSS.mo.gov for more information.

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