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Posted November 19th, 2013 in Minnesota Appliances and tagged by admin

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income people pay heating costs (including furnace repair and heating that is included in rent ) and reduce home energy consumption through conservation and weatherization activities. LIHEAP in Minnesota is the Energy Assistance Program (EAP).

The amount of help EAP/LIHEAP provides depends on the type of services and the household’s size and income. To be eligible for EAP/LIHEAP, people must meet income and other eligibility requirements.

People may apply for EAP/LIHEAP at the EAP/LIHEAP agency serving their county (some agencies serve several counties) between October 1 and May 31.

Note:  Mail applications may be available for some households beginning August 1, at the discretion of the EAP/LIHEAP agency.

 

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay home heating costs.

  • Households at or below 50 percent of the state median income are eligible
  • Grants are based on household size, income, fuel type and energy usage
  • Households with the lowest income and highest fuel costs receive the highest grants
  • Funds are available for renters or homeowners
  • Federally funded through U.S. Department of Human Services

Services include:

  • Provide direct payment to the energy supplier
  • Educate consumers to use home heating energy efficiently and safely
  • Advocate with energy suppliers and human service providers on behalf of consumers
  • Provide help for utility disconnections or necessary fuel deliveries
  • Repair or replace emergency heating systems

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) uses energy conservation techniques to reduce the cost of home energy by an estimated percent. Correcting health and safety hazards and potentially life-threatening conditions is the first consideration in WAP activities.

  • Households where one or more members have received TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income) within the last 12 months.
  • Households at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines are income eligible for WAP.
  • Homeowners and renters may be income eligible for WAP.
  • Priority is given to households with at least one elderly or disabled member and to customers with the highest heating costs.
  • Federally funded through the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Health and Human Services

Services Available:

  • Participant education
  • Energy audits to evaluate home’s energy usage
  • Exterior wall and attic insulation
  • Air infiltration and bypass sealing
  • Test, repair, and/or replace home mechanical systems to ensure efficiency and safety

Helpful steps to completing your application:

  1. Get the application (in the language of your choice) from the column to the right, open and print the application.
  2. Follow the instructions to fill in the application.
  3. Read the Rights and Responsibilities.
  4. Sign and date the application on the bottom of the last page.
  5. Include the most recent copy of your heating and electric bills.
  6. Address an envelope to the energy assistance provider in your area. To find your local provider, click here: Provider Lists
  7. Add postage and mail the application with copies of income documentation and energy bills.

Using the Active Application (you can fill this out using your computer):

  1. Click on the active application in the column to the right, then click on “download file.”
  2. Fill out the application on you computer. Use the tab key or mouse to move from field to field. Click the mouse or hit enter to put a mark in a box.
  3. Print pages 1-4 of the completed application and then sign and date it on page 4.
  4. Read the Rights and Responsibilities
  5. Include the most recent copy of your heating and electric bills
  6. Address an envelope to the energy assistance provider address in your area. To find your local provider click here: Provider Lists
  7. Add postage and mail the application with copies of income documentation and energy bills.

Minnesota residents also may obtain an application and more information by calling 1-800-657-3710 to locate the agency serving their county. Please have a pen and paper available before calling the number.

The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program uses the past 3 months of household income prior to signing the application and/or last year’s federal tax forms for self-employment income for making eligibility determinations.

Household Size Annual 3-Month
1 $22,694 $5,673
2 $29,677 $7,419
3 $36,659 $9,164
4 $43,642 $10,910
5 $50,625 $12,656
6 $57,607 $14,401
7 $58,917 $14,729
8 $60,226 $15,056
9 $61,535 $15,383
10 $62,844 $15,711
11 $64,154 $16,038
12 $65,463 $16,365
13 $66,772 $16,693
14* $70,125 $17,531
15* $74,547 $18,636
16* $78,969 $19,742
17* $83,391 $20,847
18* $87,813 $21,953
19* $92,235 $23,058
20* $96,657 $24,164

*Based on 50% of State Median Income or 110% of Poverty, whichever is greater.

Mr. John Harvanko
Director, Office of Energy Assistance Programs
Minnesota Department of Commerce
85 7th Place East, Suite 500
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-2198
TEL: (651) 539-1805
FAX: (651) 297-7891
E-MAIL: john.harvanko@state.mn.us
WEB SITE: http://mn.gov/commerce/energy/consumers/Heating-Assistance/
PUBLIC INQUIRIES: 1-800-657-3710