New LIEAP applications are now in the mail, on the web
by Wyoming Department of Family Services
September 5, 2008
The new application for a program that offers help to Wyoming residents with heating bills is now in the mail, the Wyoming Department of Family Services announced today.
Those who have received benefits from the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) in the past will get the new application in the mail, and it is also available online, at DFS field offices, and will soon be found at senior centers and other locations throughout Wyoming.
LIEAP (pronounced lee-ap) is a program using state and federal dollars to help low-income individuals, fixed-income families and elders cover the high costs of home heating.
"New applications have been mailed to everyone who applied for LIEAP last year, even if they didnít qualify," DFS spokeswoman Juliette Rule said. "This year itís available on the DFS Web site in a large print format. We have worked to make the new application easier to read and to fill out than previous versions."
To get an application or learn more about this home heating help, go to the DFS homepage, http://dfsweb.state.wy.us, and look for the 'LIEAP for Home Heating' link.
To get a paper applications mailed to you, call the LIEAP help line at 1-800-246-4221 any weekday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
You qualify for LIEAP if your monthly income is less than $1,863 for an individual, $2,508 for a household of two or $3,798 for a family of four. Applicants can rent or own their home, but they must complete an application in order to get heating assistance.
"LIEAP served about 11,000 families in Wyoming last year, and this winter certainly wonít be any easier for those and other families," Rule said. "We really want parents to apply, and weíre hopeful adult children will help their aging parents or neighbors get that help."
The promotion of this program is part of The Energy Wise Wyoming campaign which encourages state residents to conserve energy, to take steps to weatherize their homes and to take advantage of state programs designed to lower their heating bills.
The campaign is produced by a coalition of state agencies including the Department of Family Services, the Wyoming Public Service Commission, the State Energy Office, the Governorís Office and the private non-profit Wyoming Energy Council.