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Worried About Home Heating?

The onset of colder temperatures also brings considerable worry for many, making today a good day to think about winter heating bills, how to reduce those costs and how to pay the bill when it does arrive.

With rising fuels costs and extreme cold temperatures common in our area, some individuals worry about how they will cover their heating expenses each winter. The purpose of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to provide winter heating assistance to eligible low-income households.

You may be eligible if you are a home owner or renter. Even if your rent payment includes heat, you could be eligible if you are not already receiving housing assistance.

Applications for the winter heating assistance program are accepted Oct. 1-May 31 of each heating season, or until program funds are used up. You must apply each season.

Heating assistance application forms are available from your local County Social Service Board, Community Action Agency or other agencies. An application for heating assistance can also be found online.

Applications should be submitted to the County Social Service Office, which will determine your eligibility.

If you are found eligible, services include heating assistance, making your home more energy efficient, furnace and chimney cleaning, emergency assistance, furnace replacements, minor repairs, and energy cost reduction devices. You could also be reimbursed for heating bills you have already paid since Oct. 1.

For more information on the LIHEAP program, contact your County Social Service Office.

The North Dakota Department of Human Services and the County Social Service Boards administer the LIHEAP program.

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