West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
LlEAP FACT SHEET FY 2015
The FY 2015 Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LiEAP) is administered by the West Virginia
Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families, Office of
Children and Family Policy, Division of Family Assistance. The program provides assistance to lowincome
households in meeting the costs of home heating. Funding for the program is made available
through a federal block grant, and use of the funds is subject to federal regulations.
The opening and closing of the Regular LlEAP component will be announced as appropriate. The
Emergency LlEAP component will open following the close of Regular LlEAP and will continue until
remaining funds are exhausted. The program is subject to closure without advance notice. This
assistance is offered only during the heating season.
In order to be eligible for LlEAP, a household must be responsible for the cost of home heating, and
the total gross monthly income of the household must fall within certain eligibility guidelines. (Some
types of income may be excluded for LlEAP).
The maximum allowable gross income levels for LlEAP FY 2015 are listed below:
|1 Person Household||$1 ,265
|2 Person Household||$1,705
|3 Person Household||$2,144
|4 Person Household||$2,584
|5 Person Household||$3,024
|6 Person Household||$3,464
|7 Person Household||$3,904
|8 Person Household||$4,344
|9 Person Household||$4,784
|10 Person Household||$5,224
|For each additional person, add $440.|
Applications from ineligible households will be denied. Individuals who are denied may reapply,
providing the program is still open, or may request a fair hearing. Once the program closes,
applications will no longer be accepted, and those received by mail after closure will be denied. All
applications will be processed within 30 days after receipt by DHHR or one of the agencies authorized
to accept LlEAP applications, or after the date the program opens, whichever is later. Approved
payments will be made directly to a vendor where appropriate.
Where to Apply
Application forms may be obtained from local DHHR offices, Community Action agencies, or senior
centers after the program opens. Targeted households will receive an automatic payment or an
application by mail prior to the opening date of the program. The application form will also be
available on the DHHR website at https:llwww.wvinroads.org /i nroads/. Applications may be mailed to
or dropped off at a local DHHR office or made in person at any of the above locations after the
program opens. LlEAP forms must not be mailed to home heating providers, as this will delay the
application process. DHHR will make the final decision regarding eligibility.
The following items are required to process LlEAP applications and must be included with or attached
to any application mailed to DHHR:
1. Name, Social Security Number, and birth date (not age) of each household member (anyone
living in the home at the time of application).
2. Proof of all household income (earned and unearned) when any household member is
employed (check stubs, award letters, employer statements, etc.). If no one is employed, the
amount of any unearned income must be entered on the application.
3. A recent heating bill, showing the account number, or bulk fuel receipt, as appropriate. If a bill
or receipt is not available, other documentation of the monthly heating cost must be provided.
This may include receipts from last winter, providing there has been no change in address or
heating source, or a note from the landlord or utility provider.
4. If the household claims zero income, applicants may be asked to provide statements that
document how living expenses have been met at least 30 days prior to the date of application,
and that home heating costs are not being paid by someone not in the home.
5. A telephone number where the applicant can be reached or can receive a message.
If any additional information is required to process the application andlor determine eligibility for
LlEAP, applicants will be contacted and allowed at least (10) business days from the date of the
request to obtain and return the requested information. Individuals applying in person are asked to
bring the verifications to the interview.
Application for Emergency LlEAP must be made in person at a DHHR office when a household
receives a termination notice from the home heating vendor or runs out of, or is nearly out of, bulk
fuel. Applicants must verify that this is a true home heating emergency as defined by DHHR policy.
Any additional information required to determine eligibility must be provided within five (5) business
days from the date of application. Failure to provide requested verification will result in denial of the
Emergency LlEAP application. Households may be referred for energy conservation andlor money
management counseling when available.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT LlEAP OR TO OBTAIN AN APPLICATION, CONTACT A
LOCAL DHHR OFFICE, COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OR SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER OR CALL
THIS TOLL-FREE NUMBER: 1-800-642-8589.