To ensure that newly unemployed and other financially challenged households can get help quickly, the Minnesota Department of Commerce has adjusted program policies for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP).

The result of these changes — changes such as income eligibility and a deadline extension — will allow even more Minnesotans to receive help.

The EAP can help those behind on their energy bills, or help pay for home heating and furnace repairs for income-qualified households.

The Department of Commerce especially encourages newly unemployed, those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, households with young children, people with disabilities, veterans and seniors to apply.

Households can now apply until July 1. Funding is limited and administered on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more on the Department of Commerce’s website.