More Missourians will Have Access to Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Wed, 06/24/2020 - 11:21am admin
On June 16, the Department of Social Services (DSS) announced additional funding of $15 million for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program that helps low-income Missourians with payments for their summer cooling bills from June 1 through September 30, 2020. The additional dollars double the maximum benefit amount to $600 and allows DSS to serve the needs of a greater number of Missourians who are now facing a crisis.
To be eligible for the program, low-income Missourians must:
-Be responsible for paying home cooling costs,
-Have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts, or investments,
-Have a household income of 135 percent or less of the federal poverty level (a monthly
income of $2,400 for a family of three or $2,897 for a family of four) and,
-Be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence.
To apply for the LIHEAP program, households need to complete one application form and then
mail or fax the form to the office serving their community listed on the last page of the application. Those who need assistance in Howell, Oregon, Shannon, Texas, Wright, Douglas, and Ozark Counties will be able to contact Ozark Action in West Plains at 417-256-6147.