DHHR to accept applications for program to assist low-income residents pay heating bills

West Virginia
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CHARLESTON, WV (WBOY) – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced on Wednesday that applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program will begin to be accepted on Monday.

Applications will be accepted from Monday, February 4 until Friday, February 22, or until funds are exhausted. LIEAP is federally funded and assists eligible state residence in paying home heating bills.

According to the DHHR, eligibility for LIEAP benefits is determined based on income, household size and whether the household is responsible for paying its heating bill. The DHHR said that income must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty guideline for the household size. Additionally, in situations where a heating emergency exists, applicants must be seen by a DHHR worker. To qualify, households must meet all program guidelines, the DHHR said.

The maximum allowable gross income for levels of LIEAP for 2019 are listed below:

Household SizeMonthly Allowable Income*
1 Person$1,518
2 Person$2,058
3 Person$2,598
4 Person$3,138
5 Person$3,678
6 Person$4,218
7 Person$4,758
8 Person$5,298
9 Person$5,838
10 Person$6,378

*For each additional person, add $540. Households whose countable income exceeds the maximum amount are not eligible.  However, some types of income may be excluded for LIEAP.

According to the DHHR, all applications can be obtained at local DHHR offices, community action agencies or senior centers operated by any Area Agency on Aging. Applications are also available online here.

Additionally, the DHHR said that all applications must be received by the DHHR or postmarked by Friday, February 22. Completed applications should be delivered or mailed to the DHHR office located in the applicant’s county of residence. A list of local offices can be found here. According to the DHHR, mailing the application to any other office or to a utility company may delay receipt by the DHHR and prohibit the processing of the application.

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