MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota will receive $73 million in federal funds to help low-income Minnesotans pay their heating bills, the Minnesota Department of Commerce announced Saturday.

However, the $73 million is less than the state has received in recent years, according to Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman.

Last year, Minnesota received $152.6 million in federal funds and helped 172,053 households that applied for heating help from the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP), the Minnesota Department of Commerce said.

Still, Rothman hopes the EAP will receive additional funding.

“We will be working closely with Minnesota’s congressional delegation to advocate for those additional funds,” he said.

Heating Help

If you would like to receive help paying your heating bill this winter, click on this link to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The link will display a list of service providers and information about the program.

Minnesotans earning 50 percent of the median income ($43,050 for a family of four) are encouraged to apply. The funds are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis, the Minnesota Department of Commerce said.

Comments (11)
  1. Abuse says:

    I understand that thier are a lot of elderly who benifit from this and thats great in my book,but thier are a lot of free loaders that use this. I had a neighbor who used this benifit and she drove a brand new mini cooper.We need to police the people that get it

    1. 2012 says:

      Two Coffees in Heaven!Having arrived at the Gates of Heaven, Barrack Obama meets a man with a beard.’Are you Mohammed?’ he asks. ‘No my son, I am St. Peter; Mohammed is higher up.’Peter then points to a ladder that rises into the clouds.Delighted that Mohammed should be higher than St. Peter, Obama climbs the ladder in great strides, climbs up through the clouds and comes into a room where
      he meets another bearded man. He asks again, ‘Are you Mohammed?’ ‘Why no,’ he
      answers, ‘I am Moses; Mohammed is higher still.’Exhausted, but with a heart full of joy he climbs the ladder yet again, he discovers a larger room where he meets an angelic looking man with a beard. Full
      of hope, he asks again, ‘Are you Mohammed?’ ‘No, I am Jesus, the Christ; you will
      find Mohammed higher up.’Mohammed higher than Jesus! Man, oh man! Obama can hardly contain his delight and climbs and climbs ever higher. Once again, he reaches an even larger
      room where he meets this truly magnificent looking man with a silver white beard
      and once again repeats his question:’Are you Mohammed?’ he gasps as he is by
      now, totally out of breath from all his climbing.’No, my son, I am Almighty God, the Alpha and the Omega, but you look exhausted. Would you like a cup of coffee?’Obama says, ‘yes please!’ As God looks behind him, he claps his hands and yells out: ‘Hey, Mohammed, two coffees!’Keep your trust in God; your president will be replaced.

  2. Eat the poor says:

    If they want help then they need to pass a drug test

  3. Jeff says:

    Maybe if they got jobs and an education, they wouldn’t need assistance.

    I can understand poverty.

    If you are poor, you are poor. There are ways around it, however.

    However, in this economy, an educations doesn’t mean squat. That said…..

    If you are poor, and are unable to take care of kids, let alone yourself…..why do you keep on making kids?

    I don’t get it.

    Can someone give me a reasonable answer to that?

    Yes, I know there are hardworking families who have lost jobs and went into foreclosure. OK, I get that. Do they deserve assistance to keep their families warm at night? Yes. Why? Because they paid into the tax system for many years and deserve a break when times are tight.

    But what about the black women who have 18 kids without a father to support them? Do they deserve a break? Maybe. If they worked all of their adult lives and ran into hardships….YES.

    But let’s be honest. How many black women do you know who have that many kids who have actually worked a job for anymore than 3 months? I live in North Minneapolis and I don’t know one.

    Every black woman I see in my neighborhood has the latest i-phone, wear expensive clothing (that I cannot even afford on my 35k salary), live in housing that they do not pay for, and as they stand at the checkout register at the Lunds located in NE Mpls, they pay with EBT (Lunds is a luxury to me, that I can only afford once a month, if that).

    Because my wife and I (who are both college graduates) and we do not have kids, our combined income (without kids) do not qualify us for this assistance..

    Even if I were to lose my job on Monday, we would still not be eligible.

    What is wrong with this picture?

    But if my name was DeAndre’ and I had 18 kids out of wedlock, I would qualify for this program.

    This is what is wrong with America.

    Reward the Trash.

    And Punish the ones who actually built this country.

    Pardon my French…but

    F%$k Obama!!! He is the one who advocates this type of mentality.


    Yes, I do miss you!!

    1. Mike says:

      What did Bush do to stop this???

      1. K Patrick says:

        Obama actually proposed cutting LIHEAP by 50%. The program grew under Republican control. Afterall, the main beneficiaries of the program are all the energy companies who end up with the money. It doesn’t get paid to the person applying.

        Do your research, stop watching one-sided news programs and heaven help you if you ever need help.

  4. Deanna Barnes says:

    i can understand anyone being mad on not having what they deserve when needed in this country, i am black and a citizen who paid her dues and raised 3 kids ,not 18! as i see it, welfare is not a forever thing! white girls have black men’s kids ,too many of them and feel the world owes them all for doing so,when they CHOSE TO DO IT! i did my time and paid my price as well. now i tell you who needs to work and stop getting amnesty,somalians,pakistanis, folks from india and foreigners coming here with attitudes! this country was a trip ages before obama and will take years to set right. i need surgery right damn now and see where issues will take place because i’m not insured. as for rewarding trash,look who gets over now, it’s far more than the blacks you see over where you are, my ancestors helped, by force , mind you, this here land and as well they were scots , english, cherokees ,too not only the blacks you resent so much.don’t be mad ,republicans will run the country again,you’ll see!

  5. Callina says:

    My family and I have been through very lean times in the past. I didn’t even know programs like this existed until a few years ago.

    We would turn the heat down as low as we could, pile on the clothes and put extra blankets on the bed, and cut expenses somewhere else in order to keep the heat on. We knew no other way, so we made it work.

  6. Jake says:

    Get out of the casinos, pulltab bars, and bingo halls, and pay your bills. Stop pushing what YOU OWE onto the backs of those who pay their bills on time.

  7. bob says:

    Maybe they should make the people that are receiving the free heat, shut their windows, in the winter time.

  8. Lori says:

    Thank God everyone in this world doesn’t have the same “Every man for himself attitude”
    I’m sure none of you have ever received ANY form of help from ANYONE in your entire lives.
    You people spend so much time judging others; you have no time to educate yourselves about what’s really going on in this world.

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