With more extreme cold on the way and the cost of propane at record highs, low-income families that rely on propane for home heat are facing extreme hardship.
To answer the need, the Kansas Department for Children and Families today announced a temporary program that will help individuals who rely on propane for their primary heating source and whose income falls between 130% and 185% of the federal poverty level.
The Emergency Propane Relief Program will provide a one-time $511 benefit to eligible households. It will be a two-party check, so that only the propane vendor can deposit it.
The application period is from Tuesday, Feb. 4 through Tuesday, March 4. Applications must be received prior to 5 p.m. on March 4. The continued need for the program will be carefully monitored over the next 30 days, says DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore.
Applications can be picked up at any DCF Service Center or downloaded from the DCF website and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All supporting documentation must be provided before the application can be processed. That documentation must include income verification and verification of propane usage and propane vendor.
"This temporary program is designed to help low-income adults with children and older adults living on fixed incomes," Gilmore said. "We look forward to helping Kansas families receive the help they need during this unexpected propane price hike."
Criteria for the program include: 1) Use of propane as a primary heating source and verification of their current propane vendor and bill; 2) Verification of household income for the past 30 days and 3) Combined gross monthly income between 130% and 185% of the federal poverty level.
For a family of 1, that means an income of more than $1,211 but less than $1,771; for a family of 2 income must be above $1,640 and below $2,391; for a family of 3, the income range is between $2,069 and $3,011 and for a family for 4 the income range is above $2.498 and below $3,.631.
Households that are below 130% of the feceral poverty level – below the minimums above – may apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. Those applying for that program who list propane as their primary heating source will have priority status for processing.