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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Jan. 2 it would accept applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) beginning Tuesday, Jan. 21.
The program will end on Jan. 31 and is federally funded to assist state residents in paying home heating bills. 
"Many West Virginia families struggle with high utility bills during the winter months and this is a great way to help them cover those costs," said WVDHHR Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling. 
Applications can be obtained at the local DHHR officers, community action agencies or senior centers operated by Area Agency on Aging. Applications also can be found online at www.wvinroads.org
Completed applications should be delivered or sent to the DHHR office located in the applicant's county of residence.
Eligibility for the LIEAP benefits is based on income, household size and whether or not the household is responsible for paying its heating bill. Those applying must have an income at or below 130 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.
All applications must be received by DHHR or postmarked by Jan. 31, 2014.  Applications received after this date will not be processed.  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 LIHEAP Block Grant.  
To learn more about the LIEAP, call 304-356-4619.