What is Minnesota HEAP/LIHEAP? – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. HEAP program was started in 1981 and is funded by federal government. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a heating equipment repair and/or replacement benefit for homeowners with inoperable heating equipment.
HEAP may help you pay for Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal, or any other heating fuel.
Do You Qualify for HEAP Minnesota?
To qualify for Minnesota HEAP, you must be enrolled in a qualifying social service program (see below):
- Must be a resident of the state of Minnesota
- Must need financial assistance for home energy costs
- You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamp) benefits or
- You receive Temporary Assistance or
- You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone)
- OR your income must be below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Applications for regular HEAP benefits will be accepted beginning around November of the year.
How to apply for Minnesota HEAP
- View the EAP eligibility guidelines to see if you might be eligible.
- Call 1-800-657-3710 to have your local EAP provider send you an application.
- Or you can complete one of the applications and mail it to your local EAP provider. Find your local EAP provider by selecting your county or Indian reservation below.
The following 2012-2013 Energy Assistance Program application forms are available below.
Minnesota also provides Weatherization Assistance Program (Minnesota WAP) service for those who qualify.
Contact Information on Minnesota HEAP:
Minnesota Department of Commerce
85 7th Place East, Suite 500
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-2198
TEL: (651) 284-3275
FAX: (651) 297-7891
WEB SITE: http://mn.gov/commerce/energy/consumers/Heating-Assistance/
PUBLIC INQUIRIES: 1-800-657-3710