The Missouri State Department of Social Services (DSS) has announced an additional $15 million in funding for the low-income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP). The additional funding would double the maximum benefit amount to $600 per household and allow the DSS to serve more people who are struggling to pay utility bills. To be eligible for LIHEAP, low-income Missourians must be responsible for paying their home cooling costs, must have $3,000 or less in the bank and retirement accounts, and have a household income of 135% or less than the federal poverty level. About 115,000 Missouri households received LIHEAP assistance in FY 2019.
June 23, 2020 - 7:12am