Sarah and Jon's Story

Sarah and her husband Jon had just gotten jobs. For the first time in two years, they weren’t getting help from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). Even though they were both working and had child care paid for, money was still tight. Winter was just around the corner and their heating bills were very high.

$500 would be paid to the local utility company to help with heating costs.

Luckily, when they had applied for MFIP, they had also contacted their local Energy Assistance provider. This program would help them pay for their heating costs. They had mailed in their application to the Energy Assistance provider when they first applied to MFIP, so by the time winter came around, they knew that $500 would be paid to the local utility company to help with heating costs.

They had also applied for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which helps with things like insulation. There was a waiting list for that program, but since Jon had a disability, the family was placed near the top of that list.