The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced on Thursday that applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepted beginning on February 10, and ending on February 21, or until funds are exhausted.

The release from the DHHR stated the federally funded program assists eligible state residents in paying home heating bills.

DHHR officials said eligibility for LIEAP is based on income, household size and whether the household is responsible for paying its heating bill. Income guidelines have increased for 2020, and must be at or below 60 percent of the State Median Income, according to the release. In situations where a heating emergency exists, applicants must be seen by a DHHR worker, according to the release.

DHHR officials said in order for applicants to qualify, households must meet all program guidelines.

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