Energy Assistance – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The mission of LIHEAP is to assist low income households, particularly those with the lowest income that pay a high proportion of their household income for home energy, to meet their immediate home energy needs. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded energy assistance program designed “to assist low-income households, particularly those with the lowest income, that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs.” In the state of Missouri, LIHEAP is administered statewide by the Department of Social Services and implemented locally by Community Action Agencies. LIHEAP consists of two programs: Energy Assistance is a one-time-a-year program that makes one payment to utility companies on behalf of the participant to help offset the high cost of winter bills. This program runs from October 1st (elderly & disabled only) November 1st (everyone) – March 31st the application process can be completed by mail. ECIP is an emergency assistance program to help with energy utility shut off notices. Applicants for this program must have their heating/cooling service threatened for disconnection or be currently living with no such service. • Winter ECIP starts October 1st (elderly & disabled) November 1st (everyone) assistance with heating bills with a shut off notice. •Summer ECIP starts June 1st assistance with cooling bills for anyone with a shut off notice.
- Eligibility guidelines for both ECIP and EA are 135% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
- Eligible clients must be residents of Jackson, Clay, or Platte County, Missouri.
- Clients are eligible, but not guaranteed, to receive ECIP utility assistance up to $800 during the Winter ECIP period and/or $300 during the Summer ECIP period. Energy
- Assistance amounts are pre-determined based on income level and household size.
The application can be found at this web address:
complete and mail to:
United Services Community Action Agency LIHEAP
6323 Manchester Kansas City, MO. 64133-4717