Feb. 1 Deadline for Home Heating Assistance

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Signing up for home heating assistance kicks off Tuesday in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will accept applications from the general public for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22, and ending Friday, Feb. 1.

Bonnie Davis and her husband are hoping to apply for the one-time assistance.

"'It can make you feel like, oh, I don't want everyone to know how bad off we are, but that's foolish," Davis said. "It's nice to know, on a limited income, that help may be available.

Eligibility for LIEAP benefits is based on income, household size and whether or not the household is responsible for paying its heating bill. Income must be at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guideline for the household size.

"The deadline is February 1st. That's it," says Alissa Stewart with Southwestern Community Action. "Don't worry about having all the information now. Just apply. You've got to get most of the application filled out and you can always take that proof of income and the heating bill down to DHHR at a later date."

All applications, whether mailed or hand-delivered, must be received by DHHR or postmarked by Feb. 1. Applications received after this date will be denied. The program is limited to the amount of federal funding allocated to West Virginia under the LIHEAP Block Grant.

Southwestern Community Action Council serves several counties.

Here's a list of sign ups for the region:

  • Southwestern Community Action Council
    540 5th Avenue, Huntington, W.Va.

  • Guyandotte Public Library
    203 Richmond St., Huntington, W.Va.

  • Goodwill
    1005 Virginia Ave., Huntington, W.Va.

  • Scott Community Center
    1637 8th Ave., Huntington, W.Va.

  • Hamlin Public Library
    7999 Lynn Ave., Hamlin, W.Va.

  • Branchland Public Library
    Four Mile Road, Branchland, W.Va.

  • Alum Creek Public Library
    214 Midway Road, Alum Creek, W.Va.

You can call your local DHHR office or community action program for more specific locations where you live. For more information, call the Southwestern Community Action Council at (304) 525-5151.

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