Low-income West Virginia residents can get help with their energy bills for this winter. The state Department of Health and Human Resources is now accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).

Applications will be accepted as they are received until Feb. 17, 2017. To be eligible, a household's income must be 135 percent of the federal poverty line or less.

LIEAP has offered low-income residents assistance with heating bills for more than 25 years.

Linda Watts, deputy commissioner at the state Bureau for Children and Families, which administers the federal program, said last year LIEAP helped more than 17,000 West Virginia residents. The program has $28,720,626 in funding, which is about the same amount as last year, she said.

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