There's help coming for West Virginians who need a financial boost with winter heating bills, the state Department of Health and Human Resources announced Friday.

The agency announced a supplemental propane payment to assist eligible residents with heating expenses for the 2017-18 winter season. A $250,000 donation from a class action settlement in the Swiger v. AmeriGas case made the assistance possible. It was approved by a circuit judge in Monongalia County.

According to a release, residents who receive propane for heating and who applied for and received a regular Low Income Energy Assistance Program payment this past winter will receive an automatic $71 payment to assist with propane heating expenses.

All payments are expected to be issued by the end of this month.

"DHHR is pleased to provide special propane heating assistance to approximately 3,500 eligible families," said DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch in the release. "The payments resulting from this donation will help many households offset rising heating expenses this winter."

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