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LIHEAP Receives Additional Funds

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It's safe to say North Dakota is enduring another brutally cold winter...

Families across the state are feeling its effects...

Each year, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program receives federal funds for state AND tribal organizations.

This helps thousands of low-income families heat their homes during the winter months.

This year, LIHEAP received more than 3.4 million dollars in additional funds.

Carol Cartledge of the Department of Human Services says this will provide an extra cushion to help with increased energy costs.

"We have not seen an increase in the case load. In comparison to last year, we're probably about down two percent. But however, the cost has increased. That has gone up. I can't say it specifically to any of the types of heating that is being utilized, but it is an increased cost," says Carol Cartledge, Director of Economic Assistance Policy Division.

Besides assistance with heating costs, LIHEAP can also help with weatherization to make homes more energy efficient and even furnace repair and replacement.

If you feel you have a need to apply for the program, you can go to your county social service office or find an application online at www.nd.gov/dhs.

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