Assistance available for those struggling to pay heating bill

ST. PAUL, MN – With the cold temperatures returning, the Minnesota Commerce Department is reminding Minnesotans to apply to the state’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP) for help paying their heating bills.

For those who haven’t applied for help yet, you still have time, and any households who have young children, people with disabilities, veterans or seniors, are highly encouraged to apply.

The EAP serves households that earn less than 50 percent of the state’s median annual income ($49,698 for a family of four).

The program helps low-income homeowners and renters with heating bills through grant money paid directly to their utility companies or heating fuel vendors.

Funds are also available to help some homeowners repair or replace any heating systems that are experience problems.

In October, Minnesota received about $116 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for this year’s Energy Assistance Program.

The program is not affected by the federal government shutdown.

Last year, the EAP served more than 126,000 Minnesota households, with an average grant of about $545.

These households included nearly 56,000 seniors and more than 8,000 veterans.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when applying for Energy Assistance

  • New applicants have until May 31 to apply, but funding is limited and administered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Eligible households apply for assistance with the local service provider in their area. To receive an application and find your local service provider, visit the EAP section of the Commerce Department website (mn.gov/commerce) or call the Commerce Department toll-free at 800-657-3710.
Austin Haskins

Austin Haskins

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