Sen. Jensen votes to increase funding for heating assistance

Senator Vicki Jensen (DFL-Owatonna) voted today to increase funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by $20 million. The additional funding is needed to keep the program running through the end of winter.

“I’m very happy we were able to get this important legislation passed quickly,” said Sen. Jensen, who co-authored the emergency funding bill. “There’s nothing more important we do in the legislature than ensure the safety of Minnesotans. By doubling payments and extending the benefits of the LIHEAP program, we’ll be able to make sure families are able to heat their homes.”

With the implementation of additional energy assistance crisis funding for households using propane and heating oil along with the colder-than-normal winter, the program was running out of funding. The Department of Commerce was concerned that the program would not make it through mid-March. With this legislation, families in need will continue to received needed assistance.

Information about applying is available online at: http://mn.gov/commerce/energy/consumers/Heating-Assistance/ or by calling 1-800-657-3710.

Senator Jensen encourages constituents to contact her with any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas on any legislative topic via phone or email. The senator can be reached by phone at 651-296-9457 or via email at sen.vicki.jensen@senate.mn.

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Vicki Jensen represents District 24 in southeastern Minnesota. She is the vice chair of the Commerce Committee.

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