The Missouri Department of Social Services extended the deadline for residents to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program to help with payments for summer utility bills.

Residents who are in crisis and need assistance with summer cooling bills, now have until Oct. 21 to apply for Missouri’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

To be eligible for the program, residents must be responsible for paying home cooling costs, have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts or investments, have a household income of 135 percent or less of the federal poverty level and be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence. 

The Department of Social Services also increased the income level for Missouri residents to qualify for help with energy assistance and added the option to apply online. 

To apply for the program, residents need to complete and submit one application form for their household, which can be found at https://mydss.mo.gov/energy-assistance.

Residents can also mail or fax the completed paper application form to the Missouri Ozarks Community Action office, which serves Rolla, located at  306 S. Pine St., in Richland. Residents can contact the office by phone at 573-765-3263.

A list of other local offices can be found at https://dss.mo.gov/fsd/energy-assistance/pdf/liheap-contracted-agencies.pdf.