More Minnesotans than ever are having difficulty paying their heating and electricity bills amid the pandemic. With the passing of the recent federal stimulus, there is even greater support right now for those feeling the burden of energy expenses.
Minnesota Department of Commerce has funds available for Energy Assistance, and the recently approved federal stimulus includes over $100 million for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program, nearly doubling the amount of support. If you qualify, you could receive significant assistance to help pay your energy bills. Eligible applicants receive an initial grant between $200 and $1,600 for energy expenses and can be eligible for up to $1,200 more to help pay overdue bills, avoid a utility shut off, or get a fuel delivery.
Eligibility is based on the last three months of income. Individuals need to have earned less than $7,066 in the past three months to qualify, while families of four can earn up to $13,589 during that time. Renters and homeowners are eligible, and assets such as the home are not considered in determining eligibility.
To learn more:
Visit the program website to learn more, including eligibility and find flyers translated into Spanish, Hmong and Somali.
Coon Rapids residents and others in Anoka County can apply by visiting the Anoka County Community Action Program website and following the application instructions.
For additional questions, contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce at 1-800-657-3710.