Utility & Weatherization Related Assistance Programs in Southwest Kansas
Utility Bill Assistance
- Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federal program administered by the Kansas Department for Children and Families, which helps eligible Kansans pay a portion of their home's utility costs by providing a one-time per year benefit; benefit levels may vary. See their website (http://www.dcf.ks.gov/services/ees/Pages/EnergyAssistance.aspx) for additional information or call 1-800-432-0043.
- United Way 2-1-1 helps Kansans locate utility assistance programs. Call "211" toll-free or visit
https://211kansas.myresourcedirectory.com/index.php to see what assistance programs are available in your area.
- The Salvation Army administers utility assistance programs throughout the state, including the following programs in Kansas:
- Share the Warmth: operated by the Salvation Army Kansas & Western Missouri in 81 counties served by Kansas Gas Service to Kansans with a gross family income at or below 200% of the poverty level guideline. Call the toll-free hotline: 1-816-756-5392 ext. 2.
- Sharing the Warmth: operated by the Salvation Army Kansas & Western Missouri in 33 counties served by Atmos Energy to Atmos customers with a gross family income at or below 200% of the poverty level guideline. Call the toll-free hotline: 1-816-756-5392 ext 4.
- HeatShare: operated by the Salvation Army Kansas & Western Missouri in Kansas counties served by Black Hills Energy, as well as Butler Rural Electric and the City of Altamont, which provides financial assistance, counseling, and referrals to other utility funding sources. Dial 211 to be directed to services in your area.
- Kansas Gas Service has a website page that enables users to search (by City) for assistance agencies that "may have limited or no funds available" (https://www.kansasgasservice.com/media/KGS/community-assist-agencies/KansasCommunityAssistanceAgencies.pdf).
- Midwest Energy has information about financial assistance on their website (https://www.mwenergy.com/residential/payments-billing/financial-assistance)
- Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Dodge City provides information about utility assistance (http://catholiccharitiesswks.org/services/economic-assistance/utilities).
- Harvest America Corporation provides limited assistance with utility bills for persons with income at or below 125% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. There is an office in Dodge City (620-227-7882) which serves residents in southwest Kansas. Office hours are available on the Harvest America Corporation website (https://kshousingcorp.org/partners/harvest-america-corporation/).
- Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program is a federal program, administered by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, which provides weatherization services to income-eligible Kansas. These services may involve installation of air-sealing and thermal envelope measures, such as caulking around windows and doors, adding insulation to attics, walls, ceilings, foundations, and cleaning, testing, and repairs to refrigerators and heating and cooling equipment. Call 785-264-4814 or visit their website (https://kshousingcorp.org/renters/weatherization-assistance/).
Other Assistance Programs
- Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund (KHAF) provides mortgage and utility assistance to Kansas households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. https://kshousingcorp.org/kansas-homeowner-assistance-fund
- KS Emergency Rental Assistance - Emergency rent and utility assistance for landlords and tenants affected by COVID (https://kshousingcorp.org/emergency-rental-assistance/)
- The Citizen's Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB) hosts a Quick Reference List for Utility Assistance Programs on their website (https://curb.kansas.gov/consumer_assistance.phpf), which is updated annually.