Thousands of dollars available for energy assistance for qualifying residents

For folks who need assistance paying their gas or electric bill, or even making their home more energy efficient, help might be a phone call or a mouse click away. The City of Minneapolis is helping spread the word that Community Action of Minneapolis has thousands of dollars in federal aid available to income qualifying residents.

Through the Energy Assistance program, which is run by Community Action of Minneapolis and funded by the Department of Commerce, low-income homeowners and renters who meet the eligibility requirements can have a percentage of grant money taken out and paid directly to the utility company.

Homeowners and renters who qualify for energy assistance may also be eligible for weatherization, which provides $6,500 worth of energy saving improvements to a home free of charge. Those who qualify for weatherization will receive an energy audit that will assess their home, furnace and electric usage. Based on this audit, energy saving solutions are recommended, and on average, customers save 26 percent in energy costs following weatherization. Funding for this program comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Community Action of Minneapolis uses a household’s past three months of income to determine eligibility.

For more information including detailed income guidelines, call 612-335-5837 or visit www.campls.org.

Published Mar 31, 2010