BISMARCK — In the wake of recent record-setting high temperatures in the state, the North Dakota Department of Human Services announced it is operating a cooling assistance program through September for qualifying lower-income households.

Cooling assistance aid is focused on adults age 60 and older and other individuals with qualifying medical conditions that put their health more at-risk from extreme heat.

To participate, individuals must also qualify financially for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which serves households with incomes up to 60% of the state median income. A household of two can earn up to $41,118 a year and qualify for LIHEAP.

Individuals age 60 and older do not need to provide documentation of medical need. Younger individuals must provide a signed statement from a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or public health nurse verifying their medical condition and the need for a cooled living space.

Current LIHEAP households can contact their local CAP agency directly if interested in the program.