North Dakota to receive more than $222,000 in federal home heating assistance fundingNorth Dakota is expected to receive more than $222,000 in federal home heating assistance funding. This is in addition to the $16 million the state already receives.
By: Victor Correa, WDAZ
North Dakota is expected to receive more than $222,000 in federal home heating assistance funding. This is in addition to the $16 million the state already receives.
Senator Heidi Heitkamp and a bipartisan group of senators called on the Obama administration to release the maximum amount of emergency assistance funds as quickly as possible. This extra two hundred thousand dollars come at a good time for North Dakotans as projected fuel prices will be higher on average than in relation to the last few winters.
A recent report from the Energy Information Administration projected household spending on natural gas, propane, and electric heating will be higher than last year. Propane alone is expected to make a nine percent increase.
There are 17,000 North Dakotans in the state who benefit from this heating assistance program -- of which more than 1,400 live in Grand Forks county -- and that number is expected to go up with the increase in costs to heating homes.
"Whenever we see excessive cold weather or extended periods of cold weather and whenever fuel prices go up, we do see a significant increase in our numbers of applicants and the money that's going out," Program Administrator Luellen Hart said.
Applications for the heating assistance program are accepted from October through May.