By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian
With two long, cold months to go until spring, a lot of people could use some help meeting those ever-increasing heating bills.
Now, eligible households may apply for the he West Virginia Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) Jan. 22 through Feb. 1.
This is for households that have not received LIEAP benefits before.
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.