PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will accept applications for its Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) from Monday, March 12, 2018, to Friday, March 16, 2018, or until federal funds are exhausted.
The Emergency LIEAP helps eligible state residents who have a utility termination notice to pay their home heating bills.
Residents whose primary source of heat is either gas or electricity must provide their shut-off notice when applying for Emergency LIEAP.
Those using other primary heating sources or bulk fuel may also qualify for assistance if their heating fuel is at a low level during the application period.
Households that currently receive direct payment of regular LIEAP benefits must verify that the payment was used for home heating by submitting a current receipt with their new Emergency LIEAP application.
Failure to submit verification of payment may result in a denial of the new application.
Eligibility for Emergency LIEAP benefits is based on income, household size, whether or not the household is responsible for paying its home heating bill, and if a home heating emergency exists.
The household's Gross Income must be at, or below, 150% of the Federal Poverty Guideline for the household size.
This program requires a face-to-face interview with a DHHR worker and clients must provide a copy of their termination notice with the application.
The maximum allowable monthly household gross income levels for Emergency LIEAP Fiscal Year 2018 are listed below:
1 Person: $1,508
2 People: $2,030
3 People: $2,553
4 People: $3,075
5 People: $3,598
6 People: $4,120
7 People: $4,643
8 People: $5,165
9 People: $5,688
10 People: $6,210
To apply for Emergency LIEAP funds, residents must visit their local DHHR office.
Addresses and phone numbers for all West Virginia DHHR offices can be found in the "Related Documents" section of this story.