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Last day to apply for Energy Assistance is May 31

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The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources wants low-income Minnesotans – especially seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children – to know that grant funds are still available to help pay their heating bills from the Energy Assistance Program (EAP).

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“While spring has finally arrived, many Minnesotans may still be struggling to pay large energy bills that built up over the extended winter,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “We still have funds available and want households to know they should contact us for help before May 31.”

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. Households that qualify are served on a first-come, first-served basis while the funds last.

How to apply

The EAP pays the utility company directly on behalf of eligible households. Qualifying families must apply at their local service provider. A list of local service providers and information on applying is available by calling 1-800-657-3710 or 651-296-5175 or visiting the Energy Assistance section of the Division of Energy Resources website, www.energy.mn.gov.

EAP is federally funded. Other forms of assistance may be available through county social service programs, community-based organizations, and nonprofit agencies. See www.staywarm.mn.gov for a list of resources.

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