HNN Staff

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) today announced the release of a $38 million grant to help West Virginia seniors and working families stay warm this winter.

For more than 35,000 West Virginians in the third Congressional district, these funds will help to keep their homes heated in harsh winter conditions to prevent a life-threatening crisis," said Rahall.  “This funding will help ensure that seniors and West Virginia families are not forced to choose between keeping the heat on and putting food on the table.”

Funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant allocated to West Virginia will assist qualified families with their home energy needs such as heating in the winter, cooling in the summer, and insulating their homes to make them more energy efficient, reducing their energy costs.  To date 77,144 West Virginia families were helped with heating needs through the LIHEAP program.

West Virginians interested in finding out whether they are eligible for the LIHEAP program should contact the W.Va. LIHEAP office by calling 1-800-642-8589, or visit www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/family_assistance/utility.asp for a list of county office contacts.