Energy Assistance Program
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Minnesota has made enhancements to its Energy Assistance Program including an extension, income adjustments, and additional funding available to qualified applicants. See more at https://mn.gov/commerce/media/news/#/detail/appId/2/id/426267.
The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP) has announced temporary changes to their Crisis Benefit policy to ensure low income Minnesotans can access emergency benefits and not fall significantly behind on their energy bills. The changes are in effect April 7 to July 15, 2020. The changes include:
Income eligible households may be eligible for Crisis Benefits based on any unpaid past due balance, with the Crisis Benefit amount equal to the past due amount plus any current balance on the day verified up to the annual Crisis maximum. Past due is any previously unpaid balance beyond the current month's charges.
Increase Crisis Benefit Maximum Amount. Previously, EAP Crisis Benefit policy allowed for a maximum annual total Crisis Benefit of $600, regardless of the number of Crisis events. EAP has increased the Crisis Benefit maximum amount to $1,200 annually.
Minnesota Energy Assistance Program: https://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/
Mahube Energy Assistance: https://www.mahube.org/services/energy-programs/energy-assistance/