Now is the Time to Sign Up For Heating Assistance

ST. PAUL, MINN. – Snow has already started to fall in many parts of Northern Minnesota and that means heating costs will begin to rise. Senator Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids) would like to remind all Northern Minnesotans that now is the time to sign up for the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP).

The EAP helps pay home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households. The program is available to renters and homeowners, and is based on household size, income, fuel type and energy usage. The services offered can include payment of energy bills, help with utility disconnections, repair or replacement of a homeowner’s malfunctioning heating systems and more.

“This is a great resource and I urge anyone who thinks they may qualify for the energy assistance program to apply as soon as possible,” Senator Saxhaug said.

Information about the EAP can be easily accessed online at mn.gov/commerce/energy/topics/financial. The website also offers eligibility guidelines and local EAP provider information. The program offers assistance to households with income at or below 50 percent of the state median income. For example, a family of four would have to make just under $44,000 a year or just under $11,000 for the previous three-month period in order to qualify for assistance.

Please call 1-800-657-3710 to have your local EAP provider send you an application, or complete one of the applications online and mail it to your local Energy Assistance Program provider.

Senator Tom Saxhaug
Tom Saxhaug represents District 5, which includes portions of Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard, and Itasca counties in the northern part of the state. He is a retired insurance agent. Sen. Saxhaug chairs the State Departments and Veterans Budget Division.

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