WV Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program

In a press release dated March 22nd, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced that applications for the Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program will be accepted beginning on March 22nd and ending at the close of business on Friday, April 30th, or until the funds for the program are exhausted. This federally funded program assists eligible residents of West Virginia to pay their home heating bills.

In order to qualify for this energy assistance, the resident must have received either a past due bill or a termination of service notice from their utility company. Other eligibility qualifications include the applicant’s income, household size and that the household is responsibly for paying its heating bill. The program guidelines include providing the household’s annual income, which must be at or below 60% of the state medium income. They do not count any income received from Social Security or from the Veterans Administration toward the maximum allowable income amount.

The formula used to determine a household’s maximum income to qualify for this energy assistance income starts at or under $1,931.00 per month for a single person household. That maximum monthly income to qualify goes up by $594.00 for each additional member of the household.

For example, the maximum allowable gross income levels for ELIEAP Fiscal Year 2021 are listed below:

Household Size

Gross Monthly Income Limit
1 $1,931
2 $2,525
3 $3,119
4 $3,713
5 $4,307
6 $4,901
7 $5,495
8 $6,089
9 $6,683
10 $7,277
   

For larger households, just continue to add $594.00 to the household income for each additional member.

A copy of the application may be obtained here . You can also obtain an application by calling 304-356-4619.  For Pocahontas County residents, the applications should be mailed to the local DHHR Office at 211 Valhalla Lane, Marlinton WV 24954. You also need to include a copy of your past due bill or service termination notice with your application. For additional information, the local DHHR telephone number is 304-799-2540.

Note that mailing the application to any other office or directly to a utility company may delay the receipt by DHHR and prohibit processing the application.

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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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