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Applications for North Dakota heating assistance are now open

The North Dakota Home Energy Assistance program is now accepting applications for people looking for help with heating bills and other heating-related costs.

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FARGO — Applications are now open for people in North Dakota looking for help with their heating bills this winter. North Dakotans can apply anytime until May 31, 2023.

Last year, the state's home energy assistance program helped more than 14,000 households over the winter months. The program is able to help those who either own a home, or are renting in North Dakota.

It can also help with other costs that come up in the process of heating a home.

"In addition to heating assistance, we also can provide assistance to homeowners with weatherization, or furnace repair and replacement to maximize the energy savings for their household," said Michele Gee, director of the North Dakota Department of Health & Human Service's economic assistance team.

The amount of assistance given does change based on how many people live in the house and their combined income.

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"(F)or example, a household of three can earn up to $4,497 per month, and be eligible for the heating assistance program," she said.

To see if you are eligible, visit the NDHS website.

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