JOPLIN, Mo. – Missouri residents will get an extra month to apply for the Economic Security Corporation’s (ESC) Energy Assistance Program. Governor Mike Parson extended he deadline to May 31 and expanded income eligibility for the program.
The income guidelines have increased to 60% State Median Income (SMI) guidelines. To be eligible residents must:
- Be responsible for paying home heating costs
- Have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts, or investments
- All household members must be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence
- Meet 60% SMI guidelines
Residents of Barton, Jasper, Newton and McDonald Counties can find information on getting assistance at the ESC’s utility assistance page. Applications can be submitted online, by email, in-person at the ESC’s Central Office, or by mail.