SEMCAC Energy Assistance Program Houston County

Address: 138 E. Main Caledonia
Caledonia, MN - 55921
(507) 725-3677

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  • About SEMCAC Energy Assistance Program Houston County

    Federally funded program administered through the Minnesota Department of Commerce, homeowners and renters may apply, payments are made directly to the household’s utility company.

    Grants Amounts and Criteria:
    Range from $200 – $1,400
    Depending on household size, income and fuel cost
    Average grant is $500
    Income guidelines are 50% of the State of Minnesota Median Income

    Additional Services:
    Advocacy & Resource Assistance
    Food Security & Nutrition
    Head Start
    Housing & Shelter
    Senior Programs

    The Low Income Home Energy Assistance program is called LIHEAP. They assist low income people and families with their heating and cooling bills. This program is therefore, a year long program that is available 12 months a year. To qualify for the LIHEAP assistance, you need to qualify. We provide the current Federal Poverty Rates nationwide below.

    You are automatically qualified for LIHEAP assistance if you participate in the SNAP food stamps program, TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or the SSI program through Social Security.

    Mission Statement

    Empower and advocate for people to enhance their self-sufficiency by maximizing community resources.”*

    *From the SEMCAC Energy Assistance Program Houston County website


    Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2024

    Persons In Family Earnings (100% Fed Poverty Guideline)
    1 $15,060
    2 $20,440
    3 $25,820
    4 $31,200
    5 $36,580
    6 $41,960
    7 $47,340
    8 $52,720

    *Alaska and Hawaii have different rates for HUD federal poverty guidelines.
    These numbers above represent 100% of the Federal Poverty Rate. In order to get legal aid from some offices, they use a sliding fee scale. When they use a sliding fee scale, the 100% rate can be different than 100%. In those cases, using for example a 200% federal poverty level, you will only need double the 100% number listed above to 200%.

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