West Virginia

Department of
Health & Human Resources

DHHR Announces Applications Accepted for Energy Assistance Program for Low Income Residents

1/26/2018

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepted beginning Monday, January 29, 2018, and ending Friday, February 2, 2018, or until funds are exhausted. The federally funded program assists eligible state residents in paying home heating bills.

 

Eligibility for LIEAP benefits is based on income, household size and whether or not the household is responsible for paying its home heating bill.  Income must be at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level for household size.  In situations where a heating emergency exists, applicants must be seen by a DHHR county office worker.

The maximum allowable gross income levels for LIEAP FY 2018 are listed below:

 

HOUSEHOLD SIZE

MONTHLY ALLOWABLE INCOME

1 Person

$1,508

2 Person

$2,030

3 Person

$2,553

4 Person

$3,075

5 Person

$3,598

6 Person

$4,120

7 Person

$4,643

8 Person

$5,165

9 Person

$5,688

10 Person

$6,210

 

For each additional person, add $524.  Households whose countable income exceeds the maximum amount are not eligible.  However, some types of income may be excluded for LIEAP.

 

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 applicant’s county of residence. A list of local offices may be found at

http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/bcf/Documents/DHHR.BCF.LocalOffices.pdf or by calling 304-356-4619.

 

All applications must be received by DHHR or postmarked by February 2, 2018.  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. 

 

The program is limited to the amount of federal funding allocated to West Virginia under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Block Grant. 

Contact Information

Media contact: DHHRCommunications@wv.gov or (304) 558-7899