ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is getting another $7 million in federal aid to help low-income customers pay their heating bills.

The aid comes from the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. It’s in addition to the $143 million in federal funds already received by the state, bringing the total allocation for the current heating season to about $150 million.

So far this season, about 151,600 applications have been received from households asking for help. The average grant is about $500.

Qualifying families must apply at one of 36 local service providers in their area.

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Comments (5)
  1. Sam I am says:

    I am divorced with 3 kids at home. Work full time andmy ex owes me $82K in back child support. I am about $500 over the limit and can’t qualify for any heating help. To make matters worse the landlord will not do anything to winterize the home. Its so drafty the blinds move when its windy, even with plastic on the windows.

  2. chad says:

    I wonder how many people are aware that many of these low-income people abuse the heat they are using. I know this first hand. They set the thermostat at 80-90 and leave it there all winter. They run arount the house in shorts and open the windows when it gets too hot while the rest of us that have to pay our own bills AND their bills have to crank it down to 60 or below. Yea, maybe the assistance money is .0000000001% of the national debt but come on.

  3. Ez Asthat says:

    Change the tape on the window trim.

    1. Sam I am says:

      I have done all that. I also set my thermostat at 62 when I am gone and dont turn in up to 68 until bed time.

      Its frustrating to hear.

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