From our friends at the Northlands News Center, some good news for Minnesota families in need.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security today announced Minnesota will receive an additional $7 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program emergency funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program.

When added to the $143 million in federal funds already received by the state, this allocation will bring the total for the current heating season to approximately $150 million.

EAP helps low-income customers pay their heating bills through grant money paid directly to the utility company on behalf of the customer. Qualifying families must apply for assistance at one of 36 local service providers in their area. Funding is limited and is administered on a first-come-first-serve basis.