Maximum benefit from heating bill to double for Missourians seeking help through LIHEAP
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KY3) – Winter is only a month away, and residents of Missouri can begin to prepare with additional help from the state.
The Missouri Department of Social Services has announced plans to double the maximum heating bill benefit for Missourians seeking help through LIHEAP, the Home Energy Assistance Program for Low-Income Households in the state.
Depending on the fuel source, the state will cover hundreds of dollars in heating and cooling costs, including up to nearly $ 1,000 for some sources. According to a press release, the state may offer assistance to residents of Missouri up to these allocated amounts for several common fuel sources:
- Natural gas: $ 652
- Propane tank: $ 990
- Electric: $ 636
- Heating oil: $ 652
- Wood: $ 438
- Kerosene: $ 306
- Bottled propane: $ 354
Anyone who has received assistance under the energy assistance program since October 1 is eligible for the new benefits. The Missouri DSS states that if a benefit has already been issued, a new benefit will be issued to cover the additional amount. For example, if a benefit of $ 318 for assistance with an electric bill has been paid, the remaining $ 318 will be paid.
“This is a monumental change that can make a huge difference for a household that may be experiencing financial hardship,” said Robert J. Knodell, acting director of the Department of Social Services. “Utility costs are increasing and it is important to the safety and well-being of Missourians that the amount of assistance available to them in times of need better reflects the increase in prices. “
Missouri residents with home energy bills equal to or less than 60% of the state’s median income may be eligible for LIHEAP assistance. For more information on LIHEAP and the services available, CLICK HERE.
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