Need help to stay cool this summer?

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June 18, 2020 

Need help to stay cool this summer?

LIHEAP may help you beat the heat

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help you stay cool by assisting with your summer cooling bills from June 1 through September 30. If your electric is shut off or is threatened to be shut off, even if you have not received notice, LIHEAP may be able to help.

This summer, LIHEAP released additional funding of $15 million which doubles the maximum benefit amount to $600 for those who qualify, and gives the Department of Social Services the opportunity to help even more Missourians who are facing a crisis.

How do I apply?

  • To apply for the LIHEAP program, complete one application form for your family and mail or fax the form to the office serving your community (offices listed on last page of the application).
  • For more information, visit the LIHEAP webpage.

The extreme heat in Missouri can pose serious health risks. It’s especially dangerous for young children, the elderly and people with health issues. Keeping cool in very hot weather may be more important for your health than you think. Here are some tips for staying cool.

Tips for staying cool

  • Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
  • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities.
  • Call 211 or search Missouri Cooling Center locations to find a cooling center near you.
  • Use exhaust fans and dehumidifiers when needed.

The Department of Health and Senior Services offers even more tips for staying safe during extreme heat.


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