1/31/2014 10:36 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - The federal government made an additional $3.9 million available in West Virginia to help low-income residents with home heating and energy costs.
The funding followed the passage of an appropriations bill in Congress this month. In November, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave the state $25.3 million while they waited for action on the final fiscal year 2014 appropriations.
The federal assistance program helped low-income families with heating costs in the winter, cooling costs in the summer, and home insulation. The program made an additional $454 million available in all states after it released $2.9 billion in November.
In West Virginia, the DHHR's Division of Family Assistance oversees the program.