State DHHR announces application period for Emergency LIEAP benefits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Thursday that they will begin accepting applications for the Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) from March 12 through March 16, or until the funds are exhausted.

The federally-funded program assists eligible residents who have a termination notice in paying their home heating bills.

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

"Income must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level for household size," officials say.

State residents whose primary source of heat is electricity or gas must provide their shut-off notice when applying for Emergency LIEAP. Those using other primary heating sources or bulk fuel may qualify for assistance if their heating fuel is at a low level during the program's application period.

Households that received direct payment of regular LIEAP benefits must submit a current receipt with the Emergency LIEAP application to verify that the payment was used for home heating. Officials say failure to do so could result in denial of the application.

In order to apply, residents must go to their local DHHR office. You can find your local office at the Related Link or by calling 304-356-4619. The program requires a face-to-face interview with a DHHR worker.

You can view the maximum allowable gross income levels for Emergency LIEAP Fiscal Year 2018 by clicking the image below.

Courtesy: WV DHHR