The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 5, 2014

Home heating bill program to accept applications


— The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will accept applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) beginning Jan. 21 through Jan. 31. The federally funded LIEAP assists state residents in paying home heating bills.

“Many West Virginia families struggle with high utility bills during the winter months and this is a great way to help them cover those costs,” said DHHR Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling.

Applications may be obtained at local DHHR offices, community action agencies, or senior centers operated by any Area  Agency on Aging. Applications are also available online at www.wvinroads.org.

Completed applications should be delivered or mailed to the DHHR office in the applicant’s county of residence.

Eligibility for LIEAP benefits is based on income, household size and whether the household is responsible for paying its heating bill. Income must be at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guideline for the household size. In situations where a heating emergency exists, applicants must be seen by a DHHR worker.

All applications must be received by DHHR or postmarked by Jan. 31. Applications received after this date will not be processed. Mailing the application to any other office or to a utility company may delay receipt by DHHR and prohibit processing of the application.

The program is limited to the amount of federal funding allocated to West Virginia under the LIHEAP Block Grant.

To learn more about LIEAP, call 1-304-356-4619.