Several programs have opened their application process or will soon be accepting requests for assistance with utility bills. Families or individuals can find help paying their water and energy bills. Below you can find updates as well as links to programs and apps in all 4 states.
Water bill assistance
In Missouri, low-income residents can start seeking help through the state’s water assistance program in February.
Due to âunforeseen circumstancesâ the start of the Low Income Household Water Supply Assistance Program (LIHWAP) was delayed. The ministry announced that it will now start accepting applications in February 2022.
LIHWAP provides funds to help low-income households pay their water and sanitation bills. LIHWAP grants are available nationwide.
Certain federal reporting requirements in the LIHWAP were established this year. These requirements now include:
- Allow the payment of other items included on the water and / or wastewater bill if this is necessary for the continuation or restoration of services. For example, if the waste is also included, it is permissible to pay this cost. This must also be declared separately.
- Federal reports previously only included the amount of payments for water and wastewater, but now require reports for disconnections, current bill or arrears for water, wastewater and several services.
You can read more here.
4-state LIHWAP links
RESOURCES TO REDUCE HEATING BILLS
Many states are starting to receive requests to help low-income families pay their utility bills. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is another federal program available in all states.
The Kansas Corporation Commission has launched an online resource to explain why prices are rising. Kansas residents can also find tips to help minimize the impact and find financial and inclement weather assistance.
The Kansas Corporation Commission wants to provide Kansas taxpayers with useful information and resources as winter approaches. Click on the links below to learn more about this important topic. We will update this page frequently, so check back often for the latest news.
The KCC regulates investor-owned utilities in the state; however, the agency does not set fuel prices. In the mid-1980s, the US Congress deregulated the price of natural gas. As a result, the market has driven the cost of natural gas. The cost that utilities pay for natural gas is passed directly on to its customers.
Typical weatherization measures include airtightness to reduce infiltration, insulation of attics, side walls, floors, pipes, repair of heating and cooling systems, etc. You can find resources in Missouri here.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps residents pay their heating and cooling bills. You can also seek help with your water and / or wastewater bills through the Missouri Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You can apply here.
Oklahoma also has a statewide bad weather assistance program. You can find out if you qualify here. You can also contact your local community action agency to request bloat help. Call 405-949-1495 to find your local office, or Click here.
The Oklahoma Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) program provides financial assistance. The federally funded program has a tool to help you see if you qualify.
Federal programs are also helping the people of Arkansas through the Weatherization assistance program
the Home energy assistance program helps low-income households pay for the energy costs of their homes by administering regular assistance and crisis intervention programs.
MORE IDEAS TO SAVE ON YOUR HEATING BILL
No matter how cold your part of the country is, there are plenty of easy, inexpensive ways to warm yourself up while lowering your bills. You can read this article here: Your heating bill will skyrocket this winter. Here’s what to do about it
You can find more help resources in the 4 states area in the following articles.
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