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Free Government Appliances In West Virginia

Posted November 19th, 2013 in West Virginia Appliances by admin

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) assists eligible households with the cost of home heating through direct cash payments or payments to utility companies on their behalf. A crisis component is available for households without resources facing the loss of a heating source. Eligibility for both program components is based on a combination of factors, including income, type of heating payment, and total heating costs.

LIEAP is funded entirely by a federal block grant. The program’s duration and the amount of the payment is dependent on the amount of the grant. A portion of the grant is transferred to the Office of Economic Opportunity for the Weatherization Program. Applicants for LIEAP may be referred to Weatherization for additional assistance.

The Division of Family Assistance (DFA) operates LIEAP in each of the DHHR field offices for a short time each winter, usually beginning with an automated payment or a mail-out to targeted households. In addition, DFA contracts with the Community Action network and with regional Agency on Aging offices to perform outreach and accept LIEAP applications at their local sites.

View the FY 2013 LIEAP Fact Sheet below for further information, including income guidelines. If you have questions, please contact your local County Office.

FY 2013 Fact Sheet

20% DISCOUNT PROGRAM

The Special Reduced Residential Service Rate Program (20% Utility Discount Program) was established by statute to assist certain eligible participants in receiving a 20% discount from their electric and/or gas company.

In order to be eligible for this rate reduction, one must be a recipient of either SSI, WV WORKS, or SNAP (former Food Stamp Program) AND be 60 years of age or older. One must be a recipient of one of these programs during November, December, January, February, and March to get the discount for that month.

The electric and/or gas company will be responsible for determining your eligibility for the Special Reduced Residential Service Rate.

TEL-ASSISTANCE/LIFELINE AND LINK-UP

Through Tel-Assistance/Lifeline, telephone companies offer reduced basic service to eligible low-income elderly and disabled customers. The Division of Family Assistance issues applications to eligible recipients and provides ongoing eligibility information to the telephone companies and informs them when customers are no longer eligible for Tel-Assistance. This is handled centrally by the Division of Family Assistance.

Through Link Up, telephone companies offer a discount on telephone installation to low-income households. Applications and certification of eligibility are handled centrally by the Division of Family Assistance.

Contact
Ms. Suzanne Howard
LIHEAP Director
Division of Family Assistance
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
350 Capitol Street, Rm B-18
Charleston, West Virginia 25301-3704
TEL: (304) 558-8290
FAX: (304) 558-2059
E-Mail: suzanne.r.howard@wv.gov
WEB SITE: www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/family_assistance/utility.asp
PUBLIC INQUIRIES:  1-800-642-8589