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Still time for low-income Minnesotans to apply for heating assistance


Funds are still available through the state Energy Assistance Program (EAP) to help low-income Minnesotans pay their heating bills, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. People in need, especially seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children, are encouraged to apply for funds before the May 31 deadline.

The average energy assistance grant is $500 per household. Households with an income less than 50 percent of the state median income ($42,789 for a family of four) may qualify; those who qualify are served on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last. EAP pays the utility company directly on behalf of eligible households. Households must apply for assistance with the local service provider in their area. For more on EAP and how to apply …