Deadline Approaching For Energy/Water Assistance As COVID-Response Programs Expire


Qualifying Kansans are encouraged to submit applications to receive assistance paying for water and energy bills this month.

According to a news release from the Kansas Department for Children and Families, the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program and Emergency Water Assistance Program, both managed by the Kansas DCF, will stop accepting applications at 5 p.m. on March 31.

LIEAP is an annual program that provides financial assistance to families struggling to pay their heating bills during the cold winter months. Information about the program, including how to apply and Frequently Asked Questions, are available at

EWAP was created in 2021 in response to the COVID pandemic.

It was established to help families restore or prevent the disconnection of drinking water and wastewater services. This temporary program will close permanently on March 31.

The income qualifications for both programs are:

(Table courtesy Kansas Department For Children And Families)

EWAP is funded by the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Funding for LIEAP is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Service through the Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.