We have to admit that we've had it pretty good as far as frigid temps go, but February has been brutal this winter. I imagine this cold snap is putting the hurt on many family heating budgets. There could be help in this department for many.

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In an effort to reduce heating bills for low income families in Minnesota, Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) help may be provided to help reduce home heating costs  “by making payments directly to utility companies and heating fuel vendors on behalf of eligible Minnesota homeowners and renters.”

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The assistance will be available to homeowners and renters that have earning less than 50% of Minnesota's median income. For a family of 4, the median income is $54,357. Assets like the value of a home is not considered when determining eligibility.

“Heating your home is a necessity in Minnesota, and no one’s health or safety should be at risk because they cannot afford to stay warm,” Department of Commerce Temporary Commissioner Grace Arnold said, whose agency administers the Energy Assistance Program in partnership with 29 local service providers throughout the state. “The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program is available to help Minnesotans pay for home heating costs, repairs and fuel delivery.”

On average, a grant is about $500. If you need more information on eligibility or how to apply call this number 1-800-657-3710 and press 1, then click this link https://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/



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