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$2.2M in federal funding available to help N.D. seniors, families heat homes

Sen. Heitkamp announced this week more than $2.2 million in federal assistance to help low-income North Dakota families, seniors, and Native American tribes heat their homes this winter season.

Sen. Heitkamp announced this week more than $2.2 million in federal assistance to help low-income North Dakota families, seniors, and Native American tribes heat their homes this winter season.

Specifically, North Dakota families and seniors living in low-income households will receive more than $1.7 million in federal assistance to help offset heat and energy costs during the state’s coldest months. Additionally, more than $540,000 in federal funds is available for North Dakota’s Native American tribes. This federal support follows more than $23 million that North Dakota’s low income families, seniors and Native American tribes received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at Heitkamp’s request in October, for a total of more than $25.4 million for 2015.

The funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Eligible families outside Indian reservations must apply directly to the State of North Dakota to receive LIHEAP funding. For eligible families living on Indian reservations, their tribes need to directly apply to the State of North Dakota to receive LIHEAP funding, which is then distributed to those on the reservation who qualify.