West Virginia

Department of
Health & Human Resources

DHHR Announces Energy Assistance Program for Low Income Residents


The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepted Monday, February 6, 2017 through February 17, 2017. 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, 135 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.


The maximum allowable gross income levels for LIEAP Fiscal Year 2017 are:




1 Person


2 Person


3 Person


4 Person


5 Person


6 Person


7 Person


8 Person


9 Person


10 Person


                                                                                                                                                            For each additional person, add $468.  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 listing of local DHHR offices may be found at http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/bcf/Documents/DHHR.BCF.LocalOffices.pdf.


All applications must be received by DHHR or postmarked by February 17, 2017.  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 prevent processing of the application. 


The program is limited to the amount of federal funding allocated to West Virginia under the LIHEAP Block Grant.





Contact Information

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