Our Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help you with your energy needs in two ways: the Energy Assistance/Primary Heating (EA) program and the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP): EA helps you with a one-time payment of your primary heating bill, while the ECIP helps pay your fuel bill when your energy is shut off or is threatened to be shut off. The amount of help you receive is based on the amount of money needed to settle your crisis with the energy provider.
EA begins October 1 for seniors and the disabled, and November 1 for the general public. Applications will be distributed until March 31. Applications will be accepted for this program until April 13, when the program ends. Applications received after April 13 will be automatically processed under the ECIP program guidelines.
Winter ECIP is available November 1 through May 31, based on funding; the maximum amount you could receive is $800.
Summer ECIP is available June 1 through September 31, based on funding; the maximum amount you could receive is $300.
LIHEAP Eligibility Requirements
- You must be a Jackson, Platte, or Clay County, Missouri resident.
- You must be responsible for paying home heating and cooling costs. If your utilities are in “disconnect” status, please provide a copy of your shut off notice. H2O program participants will need to provide a copy of their delinquent water bill.
- You must be a United States citizen or be legally admitted for permanent residence.
- You must have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts, or investments.
- You must show proof of income for everyone 18 years and older unless the member is included in an active food stamp case. You can show proof of income by providing copies of your award letters for SSA, SSI, Disability, Pension, check stub, unemployment letter, etc. If you have no household income, be sure to provide a Zero Income Form.
- Your household income may not exceed 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, which vary according to household size and fuel type ($33,210 annual income for a family of four).
- Persons who participate or have family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.
- Before you submit your completed application (below), be sure you have answered all the questions completely, included copies of all the required documents, and have signed and dated the application. You can mail in the application or just bring it to one of our offices. Please remember, failure to provide all the required documentation may result in processing and payment delays.
LIHEAP Emergency Services
Please let your LIHEAP Specialist know if you are in need of any of the following items or services: blankets, emergency lodging, furnace or central air conditioning replacement or repair, or even a window air conditioning unit. We may be able to provide you what you need at no charge.
H2O – Water
This program is ONLY for Missouri American Water residential customers in Platte County, with an assistance maximum benefit of $150 per 12-month period. This program falls under the Case Management department.