Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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February 5, 2014

Additional Assistance for Heating Announced

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently announced his plan to assist South Dakota households during the current national propane shortage. The South Dakota Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is offering one-time assistance to help low-income households with critical propane needs.

Prices of propane have increased to as much as $6.56 per gallon in some areas of the state. Current LIEAP customers who utilize propane to heat their households, who have less than $400 remaining in LIEAP benefits for the year and who have less that 20 percent of propane remaining in their tank may be eligible for additional funding.

"This shortage of propane was unexpected, but we have measures in place that will help those most vulnerable through this crisis," said Gov. Daugaard.

South Dakota's Low Income Energy Assistance Program sets aside five percent of LIEAP funds annually to aid in emergency situations.

To be eligible for the state's LIEAP program, households must be below 175 percent of the federal poverty level or $41,212 for a family of four, and not eligible for tribally operated LIEAP programs. Those seeking assistance with heating their household should contact the Low Income Energy Assistance Program office at 1-800-233-8503 to see if they are eligible.