Project DESERVE provides Kansans with emergency assistance with energy costs. One of the first programs in the country involving a for-profit business and a non-profit agency working together to meet the special needs of people, Project DESERVE has served as the role model for similar programs around the country. Money for Project DESERVE comes from the Project DESERVE Trust Fund, Westar Energy employees and customers and the Westar Energy Foundation.
How Project DESERVE can help
Project DESERVE provides emergency assistance paying energy costs for people with a severe disability (children or adults meeting Social Security disability criteria), older adults (people 65 years or older) and income-eligible households.
Applicants may receive a one-time payment of up to $100 or up to $300, depending on their eligibility, to be applied toward an energy bill, over a rolling 12-month period. Center of Hope determines eligibility based on need and household income. If you think you might be eligible for Project DESERVE assistance, please contact Center of Hope at (316) 219-2121 or call Westar Energy at (800) 383-1183.
To qualify for Project DESERVE assistance, you must meet one of the following criteria:
To receive up to $300:
- You must be 65 years or older.
- You must receive permanent disability income from SSI or SSD.
To receive up to $100:
- You must meet the income guidelines in the chart below.
(not including food stamps)
How to apply for assistance
There are several ways to apply for Project DESERVE assistance through Center of Hope. Click here to access an application.
Mail: Center of Hope Inc.
P.O. Box 3237
Wichita, KS 67201
How to contribute to Project DESERVE
We invite you to contribute to Project DESERVE by adding additional dollars to your monthly electric bill. Your contribution, which may be tax deductible, is given to Center of Hope, Wichita, for distribution to those in need across the Westar Energy service territory.
Contribute online or print and complete the attached authorization form below. Mail the completed form to the address on the form. Your contribution will be itemized on your monthly bill. You may cancel or change your Project DESERVE contribution at any time online or by contacting Westar Energy at 800-383-1183.
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