The Wyoming Council on Aging is assisting seniors in southern West Virginia with their applications to the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), a state-operated program that provides funds to assist low-income families with their heating costs.

The application period begins today and continues through Jan. 27. This is the second enrollment period for the program. Applications that were taken in December are being reviewed.

LIEAP is administered by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) and offers assistance through a federal block grant. Eligibility is based on the total gross monthly income of a household. That income must fall within guidelines based on the number of individuals living in the household.

Council on Aging Executive Director Jennifer Gibson said the agency has counselors available “that will know right away whether individuals or families are eligible for help. We’ll work with them to help them understand the program and get financial assistance, if they are eligible.”

The scale for eligibility begins with a one-person household earning $1,180 or less.

Gibson said counselors will be available at the Council on Aging’s Itmann, Wyoming County, location to talk with seniors about their understanding of the plan, decision-making and document preparation. The Council on Aging can be reached by calling 304-294-8800 or 800-499-4080.

The Council on Aging’s Itmann center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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