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Flood recovery assistance for low income households

October 22, 2010

Flood recovery assistance for low income households

For Immediate Release: October 22, 2010

Households Impacted by Recent Flooding May Qualify for Assistance from Minnesota Department of Commerce

(ST. PAUL, MN) Low-income households affected by recent flooding may qualify for help through the Weatherization Assistance and Energy Assistance programs administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security.

Households must meet certain income guidelines in order to qualify for assistance.  The Energy Assistance Program serves households with incomes below 50 percent of the State Median Income.  To qualify for services through the Weatherization Assistance Program, households must be at 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.

Weatherization Assistance funds are considered for homes affected by a disaster only after all private insurance, FEMA and other disaster-related resources have been utilized.  In addition, qualifying households must be located in a designated disaster area and be directly affected by the disaster.

Available services for eligible households may include:

  • Primary heating system replacements and repairs, including ductwork and venting, flue or chimney repairs;

  • Water heater replacement or repair; including venting and flue work

  • Window and door repairs or replacement

  • Advocacy and referral services

Individuals interested in learning more about these resources should contact their local weatherization assistance provider or energy assistance service provider, or visit www.staywarm.mn.gov , or contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Info Center at 1-800-657-3710.

The Energy Assistance Program administers funds to low-income Minnesotans who need help with energy costs or energy-related home repairs.  The program also provides assistance during energy crisis situations as well as education and outreach.  The Weatherization Assistance Program uses energy conservation techniques to reduce the use of energy in low income households. Approved measures may include air-sealing, insulation, or repair/replacement of home heating or water heating equipment.