Assistance is available to those in need

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay home heating costs. Households with the lowest incomes and highest energy costs receive the greatest benefit.

  • Households who are at or below 50 percent of the state median income are eligible
  • Size of grant is based on household size, income, fuel type and energy usage
  • Households with the lowest income and highest fuel costs receive the highest grants
  • Federally funded through U.S. Department of Human Services
  • Funds are available for renters or homeowners

Services include:

  • Provide direct payment to the energy supplier
  • Educate consumers to use home heating energy efficiently and safely
  • Advocate with energy suppliers and human service providers on behalf of consumers
  • Crisis help for utility disconnections or necessary fuel deliveries
  • Emergency heating system repair or replacement

Minnesota residents also may obtain an application and more information by calling Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) at 218-749-2912 or 800-662-5711, Grand Portage Human Services at 21-475-2453 or 218-475-2814 (RTC), Salvation Army-Heatshare at 800-456-4483.

Visit the office of Energy Security at http://www.state.mn.us/portal/mn/jsp/content.do?id=-536893810&agency=Energy to obtain more information, print forms, file for assistance on line and for more energy conservation ideas!

Maximum Eligible Income for Program Dates 10-01-2009 to 09-30-2010
Heating Assistance 

The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program uses the past 3 months of household income prior to signing the application and/or last year’s federal tax forms for self-employment income for making eligibility determinations.

Household
Size
Annual 3-month
1 $21,695 $5,423
2 $28,371 $7,092
3 $35,046 $8,761
4 $41,722 $10,430
5 $48,398 $12,099
6 $55,073 $13,768
7 $56,325 $14,081
8 $57,576 $14,394
9 $58,828 $14,707
10 $60,080 $15,019
11 $61,331 $15,332
12 $62,583 $15,645
13 $63,835 $15,958
14* $65,395 $16,348
15* $69,509 $17,377
16* $73,623 $18,405
17* $77,737 $19,434
18* $81,851 $20,462
19* $85,695 $21,491
20 * $90,079 $22,519

*Based on 50% of State Median Income or 110% of Poverty, whichever is greater.

For each additional household member add $4,114 to annual income and $1,028 to 3-month income.

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