The West Virginia DHHR wants to make sure none are forced to eliminate their household heating.

This week the agency's Low Energy Assistance Program is accepting applications for those in need of help paying their winter heating bills.

"Last year alone, we helped about 76,500 families in the state of West Virginia," said Rodney Wright with the Department of Health and Human Resources. "It's a very well used and provides a lot of good benefits to the state of West Virginia."

The assistance is based on a household income and the number of people in the household. A family of four can receive assistance if the family income is less than $2628. There is a sliding scale for individuals or couples as well. The level of assistance is also variable.

The program sends the assistance money straight to the gas or electric company which provides heating service to homes.

Those who believe they would qualify can apply at any of the DHHR county offices across the state or on-line at www.wvinroads.com.

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