The state Department of Social Services has announced an additional 15-million dollars in funding for the low-income home energy assistance program. DSS Acting Director Jennifer Tidball says that the program assists low-income Missourians with payments for their summer cooling bills through September:
Tidball emphasizes that dangerously high temperatures can make homes unsafe. To be eligible for LIHEAP, low-income Missourians must have three-thousand dollars or less in bank and retirement accounts and have a household income of 135 percent or less of the federal poverty level. About 115-thousand Missouri households received LIHEAP assistance in the fiscal year 2019.