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LIHEAP Assistance To Be Offered Year Round

The Missouri Department Department of Social Services announced today that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Energy Assistance (EA) program will now be available to help Missourians with their heating and cooling bills year-round and the benefit amount will double for those who are eligible. For help through EA, the new benefit amount will depend on the fuel type. Fuel types are in the categories of Natural Gas, Tank Propane, Electric, Fuel Oil, Wood, Kerosene, and Cylinder Propane.

Any individual who received help through EA beginning October 1, 2021 is eligible for this increase. If a benefit has already been issued, a new benefit will be issued to cover the additional amount.

In addition, the maximum benefit amount through the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) will be $1,600 for Winter ECIP (previously $800) and $1,200 for Summer ECIP (previously $600).

LIHEAP serves eligible individuals through the help of local Community Action Agencies or other non-profit organizations. Individuals with home energy bills who are at or below 60 percent of the State Median Income (SMI) may be eligible for help through LIHEAP. For a family of four, 60 percent of the SMI would be a monthly income of $4,252 or a yearly income of $51,021. In addition to meeting the income criteria, low-income Missourians must best responsible for paying home utility costs, have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts, or investments, and be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence.

LIHEAP may be able to help an individual pay their home energy bill through EA, which is a one-time payment for your heating or cooling bills, or through ECIP. The amount of help available through ECIP will depend on the amount of money needed to settle the energy crisis.

To apply for help, Missourians will need to complete and submit a LIHEAP Application through the website.


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