Financial Assistance Options
Governor Dayton Provides Additional Funds to Energy Assistance Program
Governor Mark Dayton signed the first bill of the legislative session Friday, February 28. It will provide an additional $20 million to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This will give 180,000 Minnesotans the financial help they need to pay their heating bills this winter.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced that Minnesota will receive an additional $16 million to assist low-income families trying to heat their homes this winter. Read more here
. Governor Mark Dayton is expanding a heating assistance program to help more Minnesotans. Governor Dayton takes executive action to help tens of thousands of families in propane crisis. Read the latest here
Salvation Army HeatShare Program
HeatShare provides emergency utility assistance for people with no place left to turn. The Salvation Army has infused an additional $100,000 into its HeatShare program
to help people in need with the cost of propane. Read more about it here
The Minnesota Department of Commerce is staffing an information line to answer propane-related questions. The hotline is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Metro Area: 651-297-1304
Greater Minnesota: 1-800-657-3504
Relay users, use your preferred Telecommunications Relay Service.
State of Emergency
Executive Council Extends Peacetime State of Emergency
By unanimous vote the Executive Council extended aid to Minnesotans affected by the propane shortage. Propane hotline hours have also been extended throughout the weekend. Read the news release
Peacetime State of Emergency
Governor Mark Dayton has declared a Peacetime State of Emergency in Minnesota in response to a severe shortage of propane and other home heating fuel supplies statewide. Read Emergency Executive Order 14-02
in its entirety.
Statements from Governor Mark Dayton
Put Safety First When Heating Your Home
Minnesotans who use propane to heat their home have been asked to turn down their thermostat to help ensure there is enough heating fuel for the rest of the winter. Follow these tips
to put safety first if you plan on using other methods to heat your home.
Closing Your Home in Cold Weather
Homeowners who must temporarily leave their unheated homes can read advice here
on how to minimize the risk of frozen pipes.
Conserve energy as much as possible. Turn down thermostats and be aware of your propane use.
Contact family and friends for assistance.
Check on Your Family Members, Neighbors and Friends
Make sure that family members, neighbors, and friends affected by the propane shortage are safe during this time.
Farmers are encouraged to sell excess propane supplies. Read how the buy-back
could help ease the propane shortage.