West Virginians who need help paying a home heating bill and meets the requirement can apply for assistance under a state program.

Applications for the Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program will be accepted beginning Monday, March 22, through the close of business on April 30 or until funds are exhausted, according to a news release from the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

To be eligible for the program, a past-due bill or termination notice is required. Eligibility is also based on income, household size, and whether the household is responsible for paying its heating bill.

Households must also meet all program guidelines, which include an applicantÂ’s annual income being at or below 60 percent of the state median Income. Any income received from Social Security or the Veterans Administration will be excluded.

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