Energy Assistance Funds Available
State Senator David Tomassoni (DFL- Chisholm) urged area residents to apply for energy assistance funds if they need help paying their heating bills this winter. “With our persistent unemployment rates, more and more families need help keeping up with their heating bills,” Tomassoni said. “This year, Minnesota will receive more than $73 million for home energy assistance from the federal government. The money helps families pay their heating bills through grant money paid directly to utility or fuel vendors on behalf of customers.”
However, you must apply to the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP) to see if you are eligible to receive assistance. Last year, Minnesota helped more than 172,000 households with $152.6 million in federal funds. This year, the average grant per household will be $400. Households with seniors, children and the disabled are especially encouraged to apply.
To find out if you qualify and to receive an application, please contact your local energy assistance providers by county. In St. Louis County, contact the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency at 218-749-2912 or 1-800-662-5711 – their office is located in Virginia, MN. You can download an application at www.energy.mn.gov.
If you think you will have trouble paying for your heating bill this winter, you may qualify for the heating assistance program,” Sen. Tomassoni said. “Check with the AEOA to see if you qualify.”