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Federal government provides Minnesota LIHEAP funds

Over 100 million dollars in federal government funds is being provided to Minnesota to help eligible Minnesota families pay costly utility and home heating bills this upcoming winter.

The low income home energy assistance program helps qualified families pay the costs of heating and insulating their homes in the winter, and funds are also available to pay for cooling their homes in the summer.

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) said the federal government funds are Minnesota's share of $2.7 billion being released to states, territories, and tribes, under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the final three months of they year.

As everyone knows, when living in Minnesota, heating your home in the winter is not a luxury, it is a necessity so people do not freeze to death. These grants and funds are critically important to the tens of thousands of struggling Minnesota families who need help with paying their heating bills this winter, so that they don't have to choose between heating their home and paying for other basic necessities like food, rent, health care, and their housing expenses.

LIHEAP assistance funds will be released through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the funds are  administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce through 37 local service providers and charities around the state. Contact your local community action agency to apply for the program.

Not everyone receives the same amount of money, and grants are based on household income and family size. Senator Franken urged interested and or eligible families to apply as soon as possible because LIHEAP funding is limited, and will run out quickly due to demand from people in this weak economy.

In Minnesota, call (800) 657-3805 for more information.





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