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In the eight counties served by MVAC, $1.7 million has been allocated to fuel oil and propane providers for providing fuel for qualifying applicants who receive an average of $500 in Nike Air Max Style Tumblr assistance. But with the cost of fuel oil approaching $3.10 a gallon and propane topping $2, that assistance translates to about one filling of a fuel tank, Wild said.
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Demand for heating assistance rises
in the president's budget. Republican Sen. Norm Coleman applauded the boost in funding for heating assistance but warned that the federal spending isn't keeping up with rising prices.
Requests for heating assistance may reach an all time high in the Mankato area this winter, and the recent compromise on a federal budget could bring some relief for financially strapped south central Minnesota residents.
The National Energy Directors Association projects average households across America will pay 47 percent more for heating oil this year than last and 38 percent more for propane, according to Coleman's office.
"We are very busy," Wild said. "We've had about a 15 to 20 percent increase in applications."
The steep rise in prices comes in conjunction with a steady increase in the number of households receiving heating assistance a 26 percent hike over four years even as federal funding for the program has risen just 10 percent in the same period.
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In addition, the applications will help the region document to state officials that there is additional need.
Wild encourages people to contact MVAC for heating assistance applications, saying there's still plenty of time to receive help for this season.
Additional funding coming from the federal government will cover the cost of additional recipients and could bring more assistance to those already enrolled.
In addition to the eight counties served by MVAC, Brown County typically handles another 800 to 1,200 applications, Wild said.
on pace for 6,000 to 6,500 applications by the end of the winter, Wild said. The record number was 6,200 last year.
A cold start to the winter, high fuel prices and an ailing economy all could be factors in the high number of applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program grants, said Pam Wild, the home energy program coordinator for the Minnesota Valley Action Council.
For people struggling with higher energy costs when they fill their heating oil or propane tanks, more bad news is on the way when they do the same with their vehicles. The Los Angeles Times reported this week that some energy analysts are predicting regular gasoline could top $4 a gallon in California by April and reach a nationwide average of $3.75.
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