How to apply for emergency heating assistance in Minnesota

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How to apply for emergency heating assistance in Minnesota

January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- State officials are urging Minnesotans impacted by the rising cost of propane to apply for financial help through the Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program.

In response to the significant cost increases in propane, the Minnesota Department of Commerce has started to increase Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Crisis payments from $500 to $1,000 for applicants currently heating their homes with propane and heating oil.

The Department believes the crisis payments will be available as early as next week.

Residents can apply for the Energy Assistance Program by calling 1-800-657-3710 or 651-539-1882. Those seeking assistance can also visit the Energy Assistance website for contact information.

Other forms of assistance may be available through county social service programs, community-based organizations, and nonprofit agencies.

The State Emergency Operations Center has also established a public hotline for Minnesotans with propane issues or questions. You can call 1-800-657-3504 in greater Minnesota. The Hotline will operate Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Salvation Army’s Heat Share Program: Carlton County Residents are asked to contact Jackie at 218-879-1693 for more details. This program is not income-based.

The 2013-2014 Minnesota Energy Programs Application is available on the Fond du Lac Reservation.

For heating assistance in Wisconsin click here.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
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