South Dakota receives energy assistance funding

South Dakota receives energy assistance funding To help with high heating costs this winter, South Dakota will receive an additional $1.2 million in federal funding to provide energy assistance to low-income households, according to S.D. Department of Social Services (DSS) Secretary James Ellenbecker.

The funding is part of an additional $200 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance emergency funds that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding to states. A portion of South Dakota's $1.2 million will go to the state's Indian tribes to provide energy assistance.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration, home heating oil prices this winter are predicted to be more than 20 percent higher than the five year average.

South Dakota LIEPA will continue to tale applications for energy assistance this heating season until March 15. To be eligible for assistance, Ellenbecker said a household's total gross income may not exceed maximum income guidelines and the household must be responsible for paying home heating costs. Energy assistance payments are then made to the households' energy supplier.

For more information or to apply for energy assistance, people can contact South Dakota LIEAP at 1-800-233-8503.

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