The Department of Social Services (DSS) announced this week that it’s expanding the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to cover eligible Missourians for year-round assistance on heating and cooling bills. The state is also doubling the maximum amount of benefits available through the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) which offers assistance for residents facing an unexpected loss of income or life-threatening situation.
Winter ECIP’s cap increased from $800 to $1,600 while summer coverage rose from $600 to $1,200. DSS is also doubling LIHEAP’s Energy Assistance (EA) program which offers one-time payment assistance to eligible ratepayers.
LIHEAP benefits are available to Missourians who meet certain income guidelines, have less than $3,000 in their bank or retirement accounts, are responsible for home utility bills, and are U.S. Citizens or have been legally admitted for permanent residence. The program is offered through utility providers, DSS, and nonprofit organizations. For more information click here.