Low income North Dakotans don’t have to be left out in the cold this winter.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP for short, offers heating assistance to qualifying individuals. The household income must be at or below 60 percent of the median income in North Dakota in order for the household to qualify.
In addition to assistance with heating costs, services the program covers include weatherization, furnace or chimney cleaning, and furnace replacement. As of October 24th, more than 4,000 applications have been approved statewide.
“It’s a nice benefit for individuals who are having difficulty making ends meet. During the winter months your bills can be quite high and we can actually pay for 95% of the natural gas, 70% of the electricity. We also have a portion of it if you’re heat is included in your rent, we can look at a renters benefit,” says Kristi Kitzan, Williams County Social Services eligibility worker.
Applications for LIHEAP are accepted through May 31. You can pick one up at your county social service office or complete an online application.