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Heating assistance applications now available

October 2, 2002

Bismarck, N.D. - The winter heating season is approaching and low-income North Dakotans can start preparing by applying for heating assistance. Applications became available October 1 at local county social service offices, at Community Action Agencies, and through other agencies that meet human service needs.

"Weather is unpredictable. Last year, the department served 13,500 low-income households and spent $5.5 million on heating assistance and preventing emergency shutoffs, and $3.9 million for furnace and water heater repair and replacement, weatherization, and other services. We are prepared to assist about a thousand more households this winter, if necessary," said Ron Knutson, program administrator for the state Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The home energy assistance program is funded entirely by the federal government. North Dakota has a state-administered program. Individual Tribal LIHEAP programs also exist and serve tribal members living on reservations in North Dakota.

To qualify for assistance, people must meet income and asset criteria, and they must provide proof of income and heating costs. A family of four with a household income up to $31,884 may qualify for the state program, if they also meet asset limits.

For information about state program criteria, contact a local county social service office.

Contacts:

Ronald Knutson, LIHEAP administrator, North Dakota Department of Human Services, (701) 328-4882
Heather Steffl, Public Information Specialist, North Dakota Department of Human Services, (701) 328-4933

 

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