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Minnesota gets additional Energy Assistance funds

Our cold weather is finally behind us, but some people may still be trying to catch up on winter energy bills. Luckily, it’s not too late to get Energy Assistance for the past heating season.

The State of Minnesota recently received an additional $14.7 million in federal funds for the Energy Assistance Program. This is good news for those struggling to pay their bills.

Homeowners and renters who meet income guidelines can apply for assistance. This money can be used to help pay current or past due bills. Applications are to be submitted to the local service provider in your county or tribal government by May 31. You can also call the Minnesota Department of Commerce at 800-657-3710 to find your local service provider.

Last year, over 126,000 Minnesota households benefited from Energy Assistance. The average grant per household was approximately $520. The funds are provided on a first-come, first served basis. The Minnesota Department of Commerce encourages eligible households, especially those with children under 6, people with disabilities, veterans and seniors to apply for Energy Assistance.

Author: Carmen Carruthers

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