Low Income Heating Assistance
Minnesota is set to receive $73 million in energy assistance funding for low income Minnesotans. The federal funds come from the Low-Income Heat Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and will be administered by the state through the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is designed to ensure families have heat in their homes over the cold winter months.
“This program is especially important to low income families, seniors and the disabled,” said Sen. Stumpf. “If this money keeps families safe and in their homes it is well worth the investment. While $73 million is less than what we have received in the past, we are hopeful more money will be available if cold weather dictates a greater need.”
“Given these difficult economic times, utilization of this program will be high,” said Sen. Stumpf. “Because of the possibility of high utilization and limited dollars, it is important that you apply as soon as possible. If people are told that the grant money has been expended and there are no additional resources, please contact my office so I can work with our federal delegation in securing additional resources to meet the demand.”
Customers with 50 percent or less of the state median income ($43,050 for a family of four) may qualify. Those who qualify must apply for assistance with the local service provider in their area. A list of local service providers and more information about this program can be found on the Minnesota Department of Commerce website (http://mn.gov/commerce/energy/index.jsp) by clicking on “Financial Resources.” You may also call the Minnesota Department of Commerce by dialing: 1-800-657-3710