Cold Winter Creates Greater Need for Heating Assistance in Minn.

Updated: 03/06/2014 7:36 PM By: Tim Sherno

Requests for assistance with heating bills in Minnesota are beginning to peak.

Scott Zemke from the Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin County (CAPSH) says this winter has driven the need up. "Over the past three or four years we've seen the number of applications go down, and this year we're starting to see them tick up a little bit," Zemke said.

The State has provided $20 million in emergency heat relief, but Zemke says anyone behind on their bill should take action.

"We always encourage people to apply as soon as possible. If you don't think you're going to make ends meet, get your application in as soon as possible, cause the possibility does exist that there will not be enough funds," Zemke said.

He adds CAPSH is also staying open longer on Mondays to accommodate people who need help but cannot leave regular work hours. "Our office will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m," Zemke said.

Zemke says CAPSH and other similar agencies do have funds available.