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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 680. Virginia Energy Assistance Program - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (Liheap)

22VAC40-680-10. Definitions.

Part I

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings, unless the context indicates otherwise:

"Department" means the Department of Social Services.

"Disabled person" means a person receiving Social Security disability, Railroad Retirement disability, 100% Veterans Administration disability, Supplemental Security Income as disabled, or an individual who has been certified as permanently and totally disabled for Medicaid purposes.

"Elderly person" means anyone who is 60 years of age or older.

"Energy burden" means the average fuel cost for the primary fuel type used by a household divided by the income of the household.

"Energy-related emergency" means a household has no heat or an imminent utility cutoff or no single source of operable or safe heating equipment.

"Fiscal year" means October 1 through September 30.

"Household" means an individual or group of individuals who occupies a housing unit and functions as an economic unit by purchasing residential energy in common (share heat), or making undesignated payments for energy in the form of rent (heat is included in the rent).

"Poverty guidelines" means the Poverty Income Guidelines as established and published annually by the Department of Health and Human Services.

"Primary fuel" means the fuel used to operate the primary heating system currently used to heat the majority of the house.

"Primary heating system" means the system that is currently used to heat the majority of the house.

"Vulnerability factor" means an individual is a child under the age of six or meets the definition of an elderly or disabled person.

Statutory Authority

§ 63.2-217 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR615-08-01 § 1.1, eff. October 1, 1985; amended, Volume 02, Issue 23, eff. October 1, 1986; Volume 03, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 1987; Volume 04, Issue 14, eff. June 1, 1988; Volume 04, Issue 23, eff. October 1, 1988; Volume 05, Issue 23, eff. October 15, 1989; Volume 06, Issue 02, eff. November 22, 1989; Volume 06, Issue 25, eff. November 1, 1990; Volume 07, Issue 25, eff. November 1, 1991; Volume 08, Issue 02, eff. November 20, 1991; Volume 08, Issue 23, eff. October 1, 1992; Volume 11, Issue 02, eff. November 16, 1994; Volume 13, Issue 02, eff. November 13, 1996; Volume 14, Issue 04, eff. December 10, 1997; Volume 17, Issue 05, eff. December 20, 2000.

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