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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Low-income West Virginians can get help paying heating bills this winter.

The Department of Health and Resources will begin taking applications Jan. 21 for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. Applications must be received or postmarked by Jan. 31.

DHHR Secretary Karen Bowling says in a news release that many West Virginia families struggle to pay high utility bills during the winter.

Eligibility is based on income, household size and whether the household is responsible for paying its heating bill. To be eligible, income must be at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guideline for the household size.

Applications are available online at www.wvinroads.org and at local DHHR offices, community action agencies and senior centers operated by any Area Agency on Aging. Applications.

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