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Energy assistance available for Cook County and Grand Portage residents

Sep 16, 2022 09:00AM ● By Laura Durenberger
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From the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency - September 16, 2022

Availability: 
Cook, Lake, and St. Louis counties, including the City of Duluth, and Grand Portage Reservation.

Program Description:
Provides financial grants to be used towards energy costs for residential heating bills. Additional funds are available for crisis situations and energy-related repairs. Information on energyconservation-relatedd practices are also available.

Energy Assistance Program (EAP) Facts

  • Renters and homeowners are eligible.
  • Assets such as the home are not considered in determining eligibility.
  • Grants range from $300 to $1400, based on household size, income, & fuel cost.
  • In addition to the initial grant, additional crisis funds are available to:
      -Help pay a past due water bill.
      -Help homeowners get their broken furnace repaired or replaced.

The next program year start date is 10/1/22

The deadline for Energy Assistance is 5/31/23

  • Extra federal funding last program year allowed the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program to increase income eligibility and benefit amounts provided to households who applied by May 31, 2022.
  • Starting October 1, 2022, benefits will return to more typical amounts and may be noticeably lower than last year for most households. And income eligibility will return to 50% of state median income.
  • The initial grant will range from $300 to $1,400 per household, with an average of about $500.
  • The maximum additional grant for energy emergencies (crisis) is $600.
  • Water Assistance benefits may cover the entire past due amount.


 

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