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Heating funds available in Otter Tail County

For those having problems paying the heat or electric bill, help is available through the energy assistance program at Otter Tail-Wadena Community Action Council (CAC), Inc. Otter Tail and Wadena County residents can contact the Otter Tail-Wadena CAC to apply for help. To request an application or for program information, call 218-385-3333 or 1-877-256-7249.

Households can apply for help during each heating season. Congress recently made additional funds available for the program so all applications received can be processed. Before the recent additional fund allocation, funds had been available to process applications that were received only through early December 2010. For those that have not yet applied during this heating season and income meets the guideline below, call for an application.

Help is also available for homeowners with furnace problems. Applicants must be qualified and furnace repair/replacement must be preauthorized. The deadline to apply is May 31. However, funds available may be exhausted prior to the deadline so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Listed below are income guidelines.

Household size, three-month income:

• 1, $5,655

• 2, $7,395

• 3, $ 9,135

• 4, $10,876

• 5, $12,615

• 6, $34,355

Funding for the energy assistance program is provided by the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services.