TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Kansas Dept. for Children and Families (DCF) rolled out its Emergency Propane Relief Program on Monday. The temporary program is designed to offer relief to those who rely on heating as their primary heating source and meet income qualifications, said DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore.
“We know that as propane costs have dramatically increased, working poor families are unable to afford the expense of keeping their homes warm,” Governor Sam Brownback said. “I am excited to see DCF working quickly to help those in need in this emergency situation.”
Consumers have reported that their cost for propane jumped from around $1.30 a gallon last fall to upward of $4.50 a gallon this week for some people. Industry representatives have blamed increased demand during recent cold weather in addition to higher demand last fall to dry a wetter-than-normal corn crop.
“This temporary program is designed to help low-income adults with children and older adults living on fixed incomes,” said Gilmore. “We look forward to helping Kansas families receive the help they need during this unexpected propane price hike.”
The program will offer a one-time $511 benefit to eligible household, issued as a two-party check, payable only to the propane vendor.
Families that qualify for the Emergency Relief Program must meet the following criteria:
- Households must use propane as their primary heating source and provide verification of their current propane vendor and bill.
- Applicants must provide verification of their household’s income for the past 30 days.
- The combined monthly gross income of household members must be between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level according to the chart below:
|Household Size||Monthly Income|
|1||above $1,211; below $1,771|
|2||above $1,640; below $2,391|
|3||above $2,069; below $3,011|
|4||above $2,498; below $3,631|
Applications will be available at all DCF Service Centers, They can also be downloaded at www.dcf.ks.gov and faxed, emailed to