WV DHHR to begin accepting applications for Low Income Energy Assistance Program

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) says applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepted starting Monday, January 29, until Friday, February 2, or until funds are exhausted.

The federally funded LIEAP assists eligible West Virginia residents in paying their home heating bills.

Eligibility for LIEAP benefits is based on monthly household gross income, household size, and whether or not the household is responsible for paying its home heating bill.

Monthly household gross income must be at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level for the household size.

In situations where a heating emergency exists, applicants must be seen by a WV DHHR office worker in their county of residence.

Here are the household income limits to be eligible for West Virginia's Low Income Energy Assistance Program in 2018:

People in Household - Maximum Allowable Monthly Household Gross Income:

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
Each Additional Person Above 10 - Add $524 to Maximum Allowable Monthly Household Gross Income

Households whose countable income exceeds the maximum amount are not eligible.

Applications for LIEAP must be received by DHHR or postmarked by February 2, 2018. Any LIEAP applications received after this date will not be approved.

Mailing the application to any other office or to a utility company may delay receipt by DHHR and prohibit processing of the application.

Applications may be obtained at local DHHR offices, community action agencies, or at senior centers operated by any local Agency on Aging.

See clickable links to apply online for LIEAP, or to find your nearest WV DHHR office, under the "Related Links" section of this story.

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