N.D. – The recent cold temperatures may have left some low-income
North Dakotans with home heating costs that are higher than their
budget can handle. The North Dakota Department of Human Services
reminds low-income individuals and families and seniors on limited
fixed incomes that help is available through the Low Income Home
Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
federally-funded program helps qualifying households pay a portion of
their home heating costs, whether its natural gas, electricity,
propane, coal, fuel oil, wood or kerosene.
program also focuses on improving home heating efficiency and
reducing energy use by offering furnace and chimney inspections and
cleanings, furnace repair and replacement, and weatherization
services like home insulation, weather stripping around doors and
windows, and other energy-saving improvements to help lower heating
is based on the number of people living in the home and their
combined income, assets, type of fuel, and other factors to ensure
help goes to those most in need.
To qualify, a household can earn up to 60 percent of the state median
income, which equals about $44,665
(adjusted gross income) per year for a
family of three.
can apply online at
or by completing an online application at
and returning it to their county social services office along with
documentation that verifies household income and assets. Anyone who
needs help completing and submitting an application can contact
Community Options at 800-823-2417 ext. 158. The deadline to apply for
heating assistance is May 31, 2017.
homeowners and renters living in a permanent housing structure can
apply for LIHEAP and weatherization services.
year, the program paid an average of $651 in heating energy costs for
12,265 North Dakota households. The program directly pays fuel
vendors, such as utility and fuel oil companies, on behalf of
qualifying households. Nearly two-thirds of the participating
households include people who are elderly, have disabilities, or
include children age five and younger.
North Dakota Department of Human Services contracts with the North
Dakota Department of Commerce for weatherization services. The direct
work is often carried out by Community Action agencies in the state.
more information on LIHEAP, visit