HeatShare Fast Facts
HeatShare is a Salvation Army program that provides emergency utility assistance for people with no place left to turn. The program is funded in part by Salvation Army donors and customers of local utility companies (donate online). Funds are typically used to pay for natural gas, oil, propane and electricity.
HeatShare is offered at most Salvation Army operation centers in Minnesota. In communities where HeatShare funding isn’t available, other Salvation Army partners may have resources. Call 1-800-842-7279 to get assistance in your area or learn more using the drop downs below.
How can I donate?
Who uses HeatShare?
- Low-income seniors
- Disabled people unable to maintain a steady income
- Anybody experiencing an unexpected financial emergency
How do I know if I qualify for assistance?
How is HeatShare funded?
Among others, companies that support HeatShare include: CenterPoint Energy, Xcel Energy, MERC, Minnesota Power, Rural Electric Associations of Minnesota, Minnesota Municipal Utilities, Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association, Duluth ComfortSystems and Minnesota Active Retirees.
What is HeatShare’s impact?
The programs budget is nearly $1.5 million a year. But that still isn’t enough. Year after year, requests for assistance are typically greater than the available resources. Annually, nearly 40,000 households request HeatShare assistance.
Why do some many people need HeatShare?
Watch a video testimonial
Gas Affordability Program
In addition to HeatShare, The Salvation Army is an administrator for the Gas Affordability Program that provides qualifying customers of Minnesota utility companies with gas bill assistance. View the Gas Affordability Program rules and apply.