More help with utilities available
Investor-owned utilities, including Atmos Energy, Kansas Gas Service, and Evergy, have been ordered to waive late fees through the end of 2020 and offer 12-month payment plans to small businesses and residential customers because of economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kansas Corporation Commission issued the order Thursday. An earlier order suspending disconnections had been set to expire Sunday.
Several energy assistance programs provide additional help with energy bills.
The federal Low-income Energy Assistance Program, administered by Kansas Department for Children and Families, provides one-time-per-year payments to utility companies for eligible low-income Kansans. Payments vary. More information is available at (800) 432-0043.
United Way 2-1-1 helps Kansans find utility assistance programs. The three-digit, toll free number offers information about several assistance programs.
The Salvation Army operates the Gift of Warmth program to help customers of Atmos and Kansas Gas Service. Income guidelines apply. More information is available at (877) 566-2769, ext. 402.
Project Deserve, administered by the Center of Hope, provides emergency financial assistance for Evergy customers 65 and older who receive disability income. More information is available at (316) 219-2121.
Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program provides weatherization for moderate and low-income renters or homeowners.
For a family of four, the income limit is $52,400. Services can include furnace replacement. More information is available at (316) 262-7035.
Last modified May 27, 2020