North Dakotans can apply online for home heating help

BISMARCK – Starting this heating season, North Dakotans who need help paying their winter heating bills can apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) online. The heating assistance program is the final program to be added to the country’s online self-service portal and Consolidated Eligibility System (SPACES). Individuals can also apply locally at a Human Service Zone office or by post if they prefer.

“As we work to improve lives and focus on our top priority of stable families, we are excited to offer North Dakotans the opportunity to apply for economic assistance programs online, including heating assistance and health insurance programs,” said the director of the Economic Assistance Division Michele Gee. “This is the final version of the SPACES project that started implementing the Affordable Care Act in 2015. The project replaced several outdated technology systems with a modern, web-based system. “

Applications for the upcoming 2021-2022 heating season can be submitted between October 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. Last year, the federally funded program helped approximately 12,800 skilled households in North Dakota averaging $ 890 per household.

LIHEAP can cover part of the heating costs of a qualified household, regardless of whether a house is heated with natural gas, electricity, propane, coal, heating oil or wood. The amount of the allowance depends on the number of people living in the household, their joint income, the source of heat and other factors designed to ensure that the aid goes to those most in need.

Many outdoor stoves heat water outdoors using wood or other fuel.  The water is then fed into the house and used to heat the building.

Both homeowners and tenants can apply. However, people who live in subsidized apartments, the heat of which is included in the rent, cannot participate in the program.

to find help

North Dakota who are having difficulty paying for groceries, heating bills, rent, childcare or medical care, or who are suffering from related stressors can apply on the department’s Help is Here website at https://www.helpishere and more learn about helpful programs .nd.gov /.

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