The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced earlier this month that residents can begin submitting applications for two kinds of energy assistance.
Both the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) and the Weatherization Help Program (WAP) now accept applications online. Almost 74,000 homes have benefited from the EAP this winter, and 11,087 disconnections have been avoided.
The program assists qualifying residents with their energy and water expenses. WAP, on the other hand, offers renters and homeowners free home energy upgrades to help them save energy and reduce their expenditures.
The EAP has given out about $51.6 million to homes since October 2022, with an average benefit of $695 per household. Water and energy bills are paid directly to the household’s utility provider or a fuel supplier.
Who qualifies for this energy relief program?
The federally funded program provides up to $1,400 but can supply additional support in case of emergencies.
The following annual income thresholds apply:
- One-person household, $30,572
- Two-person household, $39,979
- Three-person household, $49,386
- Four-person household, $58,793
For low-income residents, this program works closely with the EAP to assist lower energy costs permanently. Houses that meet the requirements will have an energy auditor inspect them to see whether weatherization is necessary.
They will be on the lookout for issues including air leaks, inadequate insulation, and broken furnaces. Income must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line in order to qualify.
Also, households that have received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) within the last 12 months are eligible.