Fewer North Dakotans are requesting help in paying their Winter heating bills this cold weather season. Applications to the North Dakota Low Income Heating Assistance Program are down about a thousand compared to one year ago. Program Director Carol Cartledge says the state received about 18-million dollars in federal funding this year. Cartledge says the numbers may be down due to stable costs and the state’s good economy.
Last year the program assisted over 13-thousand-700 households. To qualify for help a household of three can earn up to 38-thousand-461 dollars per year.