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Veterans in need urged to apply for state’s Energy Assistance Program

11/9/2018 3:23:20 PM

For Immediate Release

SAINT PAUL – As cold weather sets in and the state observes Veterans Day on Nov. 12, the Minnesota Department of Commerce wants all Minnesota veterans who may struggle paying their heating bills to know that help is available from the state’s Energy Assistance Program.

“Minnesotans who served in uniform for our nation should not be left in the cold,” said Commerce Commissioner Jessica Looman, whose agency administers energy assistance in Minnesota. “Last year our state’s Energy Assistance Program helped keep the heat on for 8,261 veterans. The average grant per household was about $545, providing an essential safety net against losing heat during the coldest months of the year.”

The Energy Assistance Program helps homeowners and renters earning at or below 50 percent of the state’s median income ($49,698 for a family of four) pay their heating bills. The program served over 126,000 Minnesota households last year. Some of these households also received help to address no-heat crisis situations and repair broken heating systems. 

The Commerce Department administers the Energy Assistance Program in partnership with 29 local service providers throughout the state. It is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Commerce received $116 million last week from the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to fund its Energy Assistance Program.

How to apply for heating assistance

Applications were recently sent to Minnesotans who qualified for energy assistance last year. Others who may qualify are encouraged to apply by contacting their local service provider.

To determine your service provider, /commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/eap-provider.jspgo to the Energy Assistance Program service provider webpage or contact the Commerce Department’s Energy Information Center by phone at 800-657-3710 or by email at energy.info@state.mn.us. /commerce/eap.jspVisit the Energy Assistance Program webpage for general information on the program.

Commerce is here to help

Media Contact
Ross Corson
Director of Communications
Minnesota Department of Commerce
p: 651-539-1463 | c: 651-368-5050 | ross.corson@state.mn.us

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