Low-income individuals and families concerned about winter heating costs can begin applying for help Friday.Â
The federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program pays for part of the heating costs of qualifying households, as well as furnace repairs and weatherization services, a news release from the state Department of Human Services said.Â
To qualify, a household can earn up to 60 percent of the state median income, which for a family of three equals about $36,843 per year.Â
People can apply at their local county social service office through. The application is also available at http://www.nd.gov/eforms/Doc/sfn00529.pdf and should be completed and returned to the county office.Â
Last heating season, the stateÂ program helpedÂ about 16,000 North Dakota households.