Low Income Energy Assistance Program (EAP) Information
If you are having troubles paying your energy bills, I encourage you to apply for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program that offers eligible residents help to pay their energy bills so they do not have to choose between life’s necessities.
The Energy Assistance Program:
- Serves both renters and homeowners.
- Provides benefits to pay for home heating ranging from $200 to $1,400, with an average benefit of about $500.
- Benefit amounts are based on the household’s heating costs, household size, and income.
- Provides help with energy disconnections, no/low fuel in the tank, and homeowners’ furnace repairs.
- Eligibility is based on the household’s past 3 months of income and assets are not counted.
Visit mn.gov/commerce/eap.jsp to learn more or call 1-800-657-3710 to connect with your local service provider.
Emergency Rental Assistance For Minneapolis Residents
The City has received a direct allocation of $12.8 million from the Treasury Department to provide emergency rental assistance to Minneapolis residents. The emergency rental assistance program should become available to residents in March. Under federal rules, landlords can apply for funds on behalf of tenants and tenants can also apply for funds on their own behalf.
The City will be updating our Coronavirus Housing page with more details as we have them, and will also notify Minneapolis residents through channels like this as we finalize information about how to apply and what the eligibility requirements are. In the meantime, you can continue to contact the Tenant Resource Center for assistance. There are some resources currently available through Emergency Assistance and other ongoing programs. The Tenant Resource Center can also be reached at (612) 767-9737.