ST. PAUL – With single digit temperatures in the February forecast, State Representative Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake) is reminding residents that heating assistance is available for those who cannot afford it.
“Many families continue to struggle due to COVID-19 and are having difficulty paying their bills,” Hamilton said. “This program exists to help those who are debating if they should use their limited funds to stay warm or put food on the table.”
Hamilton said the Low Income Energy Assistance Program serves both renters and homeowners, providing financial assistance to pay past due energy bills to avoid disconnection, to purchase emergency fuel, or to repair or replace a homeowner’s malfunctioning furnace.
Eligibility is based on the household’s past 3 months of income and assets are not counted. Benefit amounts are based on the household’s heating costs, household size, and income, with an average benefit of roughly $500.
The application period is open until May 31. To determine eligibility or to learn more about the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, visit: mn.gov/commerce/eap.jsp.