May 10, 2019 – The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced that it will continue accepting Energy Assistance Program (EAP) applications until May 31. Minnesotans who earn less than 50 percent of the state’s medium income are encouraged to apply—especially households with elderly members, children, veterans, seniors or people with disabilities.
Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley said, “The heating season is coming to an end, but there are still many Minnesotans who need help paying current and past-due heating bills. EAP funds can also go toward a household’s electric bill, ensuring that people vulnerable to high temperatures, such as seniors, can safely cool their homes this summer. We urge all Minnesotans who may qualify to apply for energy assistance.”
Minnesota’s EAP served more than 126,000 households in 2018, with an average benefit amount of $545. The benefits are paid directly to the utility provider on behalf of the customers.
To learn more about energy assistance in your area, visit the LIHEAP Clearinghouse website.
Source: media reports