COLD WEATHER RULE - CWR
Consumers having problems paying utility bills should contact their energy provider as soon as possible. Minnesota has the "Cold Weather Rule" that prohibits shutoffs from October 15 to April 15. However, you must apply for protection with your utility or the utility does have the right to disconnect your service. Most Minnesota utility companies also offer bill paying options. Contact your utility to learn how to keep your home safe and warm.
The state of Minnesota has several programs for your consideration.
- Energy Assistance Program (EAP)
- Weatherization Assistance Program
- The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
- Emergency General Assistance Program
- Energy Efficiency Home Improvement Loans
- Energy Rebates and Incentives
Go to the Minnesota Department of Commerce website for additional information on each of these programs. www.mn.gov/commerce/energy
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Golden Rule Building
85 7th Place East
St. Paul, MN 55101
UNITED COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP - UCAP:
A consistent focus of UCAP for your community includes meeting the basic needs of providing food and clothing, emergency housing assistance, medical needs, education and mentoring for children, youth and families, transportation services, and also providing affordable, warm and stable housing. www.unitedcapmn.org
ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP) OF UNITED COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP - UCAPprovides home heating assistance, crisis prevention, energy-related repairs, energy conservation, emergency assistance and referrals to other programs and services. Household eligibility and assistance amounts are based on both income and actual home heating costs. This program can also assist homeowners with setting up supplier payment plans.
To be eligible, total household income must fall below 50% of the state median income. Applicants with the lowest income and highest heating expense receive the largest grants which can range from 15-75% of home heating bills. In addition to paying part of the home heating bills, this program can assist homeowners with heating system repairs and replacements. Program Staff can assist in setting up budget payment plans with energy suppliers, provide energy conservation education and information, and make referrals to many housing and energy services.
ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP) CONTACT INFORMATION:
Patricia Elizondo: 507-537-1416 - firstname.lastname@example.org
United Community Action Partnership: 507-537-1416 or 800-658-2448
1400 South Saratoga Street
Marshall, MN 56258
ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP) INCOME GUIDELINES:
Maximum Eligible Income for Program Dates 10-1-2017 to 09-30-2018 Heating Assistance (The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program uses the past 3 months of household income prior to signing the application and/or last years federal tax forms for self-employment income for making eligibility determinations.)
APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH.
YOU CAN OBTAIN ONE AT THE OFFICE OF:
201 10TH STREET
HERON LAKE, MN. 56137