The North Dakota Department of Human Services and North Dakota Department of Commerce’s Division of Community Services will offer cooling assistance this summer.
Assistance is available for qualifying households through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program that helps qualifying households with home heating and cooling costs. Last summer, the cooling assistance program helped 287 qualifying North Dakota households by purchasing and installing window air conditioning units, repairing units or purchasing fans. North Dakota residents younger than 60 who received heating assistance this past season need medical documentation that they need a cooled living space. This information must be provided to their county social service office. Those older than 60 are not required to have documentation for their medical needs.
To get help applying for cooling assistance, contact Community Options at 800-823-2417 ext. 158 or the local county social service office before Sept. 30. Program information is online at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/financialhelp/energyassist.html.