Minnesota's expanding heating assistance eligibility

By KBJR News 1

Minnesota's expanding heating assistance eligibility

March 6, 2014 Updated Mar 6, 2014 at 4:51 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- With Minnesota's propane shortage and a colder–than–normal winter taken into account, Governor Mark Dayton is expanding eligibility for Minnesota's Low– Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Heating assistance eligibility is now extended from 50 percent of the state median income to 60 percent. Helping tens of thousands more Minnesotans pay their energy bills.

For reference, the new guidelines allow households of four earning less than $52,370 per year to be eligible for heating assistance, and a household of two earning less than $35,612 per year would also qualify.

Also, Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin's (CAPSH) Energy Assistance Program (EAP) has been receiving a flood of heating assistance applications. This has prompted them to extend their hours to 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Mondays.

Ramona Marozas

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