Energy Assistance Program

Service Area

For general questions and/or to request an application contact us at: eap@wcmca.org

EAP Application 2017 (PDF)

Additional information on the Energy Assistance program can be found at http://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/

The Energy Assistance, Crisis, and Energy Related Repair Programs are available to eligible clients in the seven (7) Minnesota counties of Clay, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin, and is administered by staff of West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc. through its offices in Alexandria, Elbow Lake, and Moorhead, Minnesota.

Alexandria Site

A WCMCA EAP Specialist will be in office on Tuesdays and Fridays starting September 20th, 2016.  8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Please note our new location!
We have moved to the United Way Building in Alexandria
(previously the old bowling alley Garden Center building)

503 Hawthorne Street, Suite 131
Alexandria MN 56308
Phone: 320-304-0369

Moorhead Site

The Moorhead office is now open. 

715 11th Street N.  Suite 100
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: 218-477-0298
Fax: 218-291-5796

Elbow Lake – Main Office Site

The Elbow Lake office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the address and phone numbers below.  Walk-ins are welcome at all of the offices.

Please return completed Energy Assistance Applications to the Elbow Lake office.
WCMCA, Inc. office address is:

Energy Assistance Program
WCMCA, Inc.
411 Industrial Park Boulevard
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

Phone: 218-685-4486
Toll-free: 800-492-4805
Fax: 218-685-6742

The Energy Assistance Program

A program that is designed to assist income eligible households with the cost of energy/heating their homes.

Assistance

  • Assistance amounts are determined by the number of people that live in the home, the type of fuel used, the cost for the previous year, and the income the household has received in three (3) previous months to when application is submitted.
  • The assistance is provided directly to the fuel supplier.

Eligibility

  • The program is available to homeowners and renters.
  • Eligible households for Energy Assistance are also eligible for the Weatherization Program upon request.
  • To be eligible, applicants must be vulnerable to increases in home heating energy costs.
  • Any Minnesota resident may apply for the program.
  • Applications are available by mail, or from offices located in Alexandria, Moorhead, or Elbow Lake.
  • Households also have the opportunity to register to vote.

Guidelines

Eligibility guidelines are revised yearly. Following are the income guidelines for the 2015-2016 Energy Assistance Program year from October 1, 2015, through July 1, 2016. You may request applications through that date.

If you sign application in:Send proof of gross income received in the months of:For EAP, your household income cannot be more than these income guidelines for three (3) months:
Aug 2016May, June, July 2016Household SizeIncome
Sept 2016June, July, Aug 20161$6,135
Oct 2016July, Aug, Sept 20162$8,023
Nov 2016Aug, Sept, Oct 20163$9,910
Dec 2016Sept, Oct, Nov 20164$11,798
Jan 2017Oct, Nov, Dec 20165$13,686
Feb 2017Nov, Dec 2016, Jan 20176$15,574
Mar 2017Dec 2016, Jan, Feb 20177$15,928
Apr 2017Jan, Feb, Mar 20178$16,282
May 2017Feb, Mar, Apr 20179$16,636

EAP Application 2017 (PDF)

Click the links above or contact WCMCA at 218-685-4486 or 800-492-4805.

Please return completed Energy Assistance Applications to the Elbow Lake office.
WCMCA, Inc. office address is:

Energy Assistance Program
WCMCA, Inc.
411 Industrial Park Boulevard
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

Phone: 218-685-4486
Toll-free: 800-492-4805
Fax: 218-685-6742

Reach out for Warmth Program

Reach out for Warmth Program is funded by donations from private individuals or companies. To be eligible a household could have income at or below the 60% of State Median income for the past three (3) months:

Maximum income for three (3) months
Household SizeIncome
1$6,586
2$8,339
3$10,374
4$12,351
5$14.326
6$16,303
7$16,673
8$17,043

Please contact the Energy Assistance Department for application information.

Crisis Program

Households that are eligible for the Energy Assistance Program and have used all their original grants may call for assistance with this program.

Energy Related Repair Program

  • A program for homeowners who are eligible for the Energy Assistance Program that addresses safety or no heat problems due to malfunctioning or non-functioning heating systems.
  • Call our agency for assistance in applying: Allison – Ext. 7003.

Applications are available during the program year by calling: 800-492-4805 or 218-685-4486.

Home visits may be requested for the homebound.

Minnesota Energy Programs Information and Applications

In-Home Modification Program

This service is intended to make minor modifications of living space to prevent injury, promote safety and health of older persons, to assist them in remaining independent in their homes. It is available to eligible older household members in the following nine Minnesota counties: Clay, Becker, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin.

Who May Receive These Services?

  • Household members 60 years of age or older who need modifications to remain safely and independently in their home

What Modifications Are Included In These Services?

Minor home modifications may include, but are not limited to, such items as:

  • Repairs/renovations to alleviate medical conditions (i.e., air conditioner installation for asthma patients, etc., with doctor’s prescription)
  • Purchase and installation of grab bars, shower chairs, raised toilet seats
  • Faucet and door levers
  • Smoke detectors
  • Installation of medical alert devices
  • Water heater repair
  • Other – call for more information

Where Does the Money Come From?

This project is funded under contract with Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging as part of the Title III Older Americans Act Program.

How Can These Funds Be Accessed?

Contact West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc. at 218-685-4486 or toll-free at 800-492-4805, or the Community Action Agency, public health or social service agency, tribal service agency, energy related repair or energy assistance program, or other programs that interact with frail and elderly clients in your local community.