Applications are still being accepted for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reminds qualified individuals that applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepted until Friday, March 18, 2022, or while funds last. The federally funded program helps eligible state residents pay their home heating bills.

Eligibility for LIEAP benefits is based on income, household size and whether the household is responsible for paying their heating bill. To be eligible, households must meet all program guidelines, which includes that the applicant’s annual income be at or below 60% of the state’s median income. In situations where a heating emergency exists, applicants should contact a DHHR worker for a case assessment.

The maximum gross income levels allowed for the LIEAP tax year 2022 are listed below:

household size

Gross monthly income limit
1

$2,005
2

$2,621
3

$3,238
4

$3,855
5

$4,472
6

$5,088
7

$5,204
8

$5,583
9

$6,150
ten

$6,718

For each additional person, add $567. Households whose income exceeds the maximum amount are not eligible; however, certain types of income may be excluded from the LIEAP. Social Security and Veterans Affairs income will be excluded for the current LIEAP application period.

Applications are available online at www.wvpath.org and may also be obtained from local DHHR offices, community action agencies, or senior centers run by a regional agency on aging.

Completed applications should be delivered or mailed to the DHHR office located in the applicant’s county of residence. A list of local offices can be found at https://dhhr.wv.gov/bcf/Pages/MapList.aspx or by calling 304-352-4431. Sending the request to any other office or utility company may delay receipt by DHHR and prohibit processing of the request.

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