Cooling Assistance Applications Now Being Accepted for Low-Income Seniors and Others With Medical Need

KBMW NEWS

July 2nd, 2018

The North Dakota Department of Human Services and the North Dakota Department of Commerce’s Division of Division of Community Services is reminding North Dakotans that cooling assistance is available for qualifying households through their Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

Michele Gee, director of the Department of Human Services’ Economic Assistance Division tells KBMW News that the program “provides extra help to vulnerable individuals who need to stay safe in their homes this summer.”

The program helps households that qualify install window air conditioning units, repair existing units, or purchase fans. To qualify, those under 60 years of age who received heating assistance over the winter need a signed statement from a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or public health nurse verifying any medical conditions and the need for a cooled living space. That information must be provided to their county social service office. LIHEAP does not require clients age 60 or over to provide documentation of medical need.

Those who did not receive LIHEAP help this winter, but who meet the income criteria may also qualify. For more information about qualification and cooling assistance, visit http://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/financialhelp/energyassist.html