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North Dakota offers cooling assistance to qualifying households

To be eligible for cooling assistance, households must qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which serves households with incomes up to 60% of the state's median income.

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BISMARCK — Lower-income households are eligible for cooling assistance under a new program by the North Dakota departments of human services and commerce, in partnership with the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota.

The cooling assistance program can help qualifying households buy or repair air conditioners and other cooling devices, state officials said in a news release.

To be eligible, households must qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which serves households with incomes up to 60% of the state's median income.

Qualifying income varies by household size. For example, a two-person household can make up to $42,467 annually to qualify.

More information, including how to apply, is available at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/financialhelp/energyassist.html.

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During the 2022 heating season, which ran from Oct. 1, 2021, through May 31, 2022, the program served about 14,229 households statewide. In 2021, the cooling assistance program helped 426 qualifying North Dakota households.

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