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Final day to apply for Energy Assistance Program is May 31

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The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources wants low-income Minnesotans, especially seniors, people with disabilities and families with children, to know that grant funds are still available to help pay their heating bills from the Energy Assistance Program (EAP).

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People have until May 31, when the program year ends, to apply for the EAP funds. The average energy assistance grant is $500 per household.

Households with an income less than 50 percent of the state median income ($42,789 for a family of four) may qualify. Households that qualify are served on a first-come, first-served basis while the funds last.

The EAP pays the utility company directly on behalf of eligible households. Qualifying families must apply for assistance at the local service provider in their area. Minnesota has 34 local service providers.

A list of local service providers and information on applying for the Minnesota EAP is available by calling 1-800-657-3710 or (651) 296-5175 or visiting the Energy Assistance section of the Division of Energy Resources website www.energy.mn.gov.

EAP is federally funded by the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Other forms of assistance may be available through county social service programs, community-based organizations, and nonprofit agencies. See www.staywarm.mn.gov for a list of resources.

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