Heating assistance available to those in need

The Energy Assistance Program helps pay for home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households.

Icicles frame the winter sun's rays Monday, Jan. 25, in Kiwanis Park. Last week's mild temperatures have given way to subzero nights this week. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Heating assistance is available to those who are struggling to pay heating-related bills as a stretch of bitter-cold temperatures impacts the region.

“Aside from rent or a mortgage payment, the heating bill can be among one’s most expensive monthly bills, especially during a cold snap like we have seen in recent days,” Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, stated in a news release.

The state’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program serves both renters and homeowners, providing financial assistance to pay past due energy bills to avoid disconnection, to purchase emergency fuel, or to repair or replace a homeowner’s malfunctioning furnace.

“I encourage people who are struggling to pay their heating bill to see if they qualify for heating assistance. It is also imperative to work with your local utility company to set up a payment plan that will resolve any past due bills,” Lueck stated.

Eligibility guidelines apply and are based on the household’s past three months of income. The assistance program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The application period is open until May 31. Visit to determine eligibility or to learn more about the program.

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