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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)

22VAC40-680-20. Eligibility criteria.

A. The purpose of the fuel assistance component is to provide heating assistance to eligible households to offset the costs of home heating energy that are excessive in relation to household income.

B. Eligibility criteria are set out in this subsection.

1. Income limits. Maximum income limits shall not exceed the maximum allowed by federal law. In order to be eligible for fuel assistance, a household's income must be at or below the maximum income limits.

2. Alien status. An alien who meets a qualified status as defined by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), P.L. 104-193, regardless of when he entered the United States, is eligible to receive assistance and services under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) if he meets other program requirements.

3. Ineligible households. The households that are ineligible to receive fuel assistance are:

a. Subsidized households whose total heating costs are included in their rent.

b. Persons living in institutions.

c. Persons living in temporary shelters or group homes who have no heating expense or who pay a nominal fee to live there.

d. Persons who reside in only one room within a larger dwelling.

e. Subsidized households who are responsible for payment of individual excess fuel usage charges even though heating expenses are included in their rent.

Statutory Authority

§ 63.2-217 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR615-08-01 § 2.1, eff. October 1, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 2, Issue 23, eff. October 1, 1986; Volume 3, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 1987; Volume 4, Issue 14, eff. June 1, 1988; Volume 4, Issue 23, eff. October 1, 1988; Volume 5, Issue 23, eff. October 15, 1989; Volume 6, Issue 2, eff. November 22, 1989; Volume 6, Issue 25, eff. November 1, 1990; Volume 7, Issue 25, eff. November 1, 1991; Volume 8, Issue 2, eff. November 20, 1991; Volume 8, Issue 23, eff. October 1, 1992; Volume 11, Issue 2, eff. November 16, 1994; Volume 17, Issue 5, eff. December 20, 2000; Volume 19, Issue 10, eff. February 26, 2003.

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