DHHR Energy Assistance Program for Low Income Residents

WV Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling today announced the department will be accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) beginning Tues., Jan. 21, 2014 and ending Fri., Jan. 31, 2014. 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,” Bowling said.

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 located in the applicantÕs county of residence.

Eligibility for LIEAP benefits is based on income, household size and whether or not 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, 2014. 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 the LIEAP, call 1-304-356-4619.