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HHS offers heating help


North Dakota Health and Human Services is reminding residents in need of help paying their winter heating bills that they can apply for the state’s home energy assistance program. Robin Addington is administrator for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. She says the program pays a percentage of a qualifying resident’s heating bill.

"There really is a need for this, especially over the past year or so, heating costs have just skyrocketed. Coming into this fall, I don't anticipate that they will be going down. "

The program may also help pay for weatherization services such as home insulation and weather stripping around doors and windows; furnace cleaning, repair, or replacement; and chimney inspection and cleaning.

"We just encourage people to get in early this year, to get set up so their fuel assistance is in place when the weather turns colder. "