MN Receives $64.8M for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance

By KBJR News 1

MN Receives $64.8M for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance

October 27, 2010 Updated Oct 27, 2010 at 2:21 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security (OES) today announced the state will soon receive its first installment of federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP).

In its first release of funds for the 2011 program year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which funds LIHEAP, has allocated $64.8 million to Minnesota. Additional funds will be disbursed to the state throughout the program year.

LIHEAP is administered by OES through 36 local service providers throughout the state. The program helps low-income customers pay their heating bills with grant money paid directly to the utility company on behalf of the customer. Funding is limited and is administered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Last year, Minnesota served 164,801 households with $160 million in federal funds. This year, the average grant per household is expected to be about $500. Customers with 50 percent or less of the state median income ($43,500 for a family of four) may qualify. Households with seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children are especially encouraged to apply.

A list of local service providers and more information about LIHEAP can be found at www.staywarm.mn.gov or by calling 651-296-5175 or toll free in Minnesota 1-800-657-3710.

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