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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, wood, electricity and emergency furnace repairs.

HeatShare is offered at most Salvation Army operation centers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 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.

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How can I donate?

You can easily donate online. You can also call 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) and designate your donation to “HeatShare” or make a donation on your monthly utility bill (contact your provider). All donations are tax-deductible.

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?

HeatShare is unlike other heat assistance programs because it’s based almost exclusively on need. Though families must first prove they’ve been denied county or other assistance, their eligibility for HeatShare is then determined by only two factors – need and available HeatShare funding.

How is HeatShare funded?

Financial support comes from utility customers and people like you who give online to Salvation Army HeatShare or via their monthly utility bills (most providers include a HeatShare donation option in statements). Additional support comes from local utility companies and other organizations.

What is HeatShare’s impact?

The program has provided more than $32 million worth of assistance since 1982. Annually, more than 4,000 households receive an average of $370 to keep their homes warm.

What else does HeatShare provide?

  • Energy conservation education
  • Budget and family counseling
  • Social services information and referrals

What is HeatShare’s budget?

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 but only about 4,000 receive it.

Why do some many people need HeatShare?

HeatShare is a last resort for people who’ve exhausted all other private and government assistance programs. Although HeatShare does not receive government funding, the amount of government funds available for other heating assistance programs directly impacts HeatShare. When funding for these other programs runs out, more people need HeatShare.

Which companies and organizations support HeatShare?

Among others, 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.

About Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule

The state of Minnesota set up the Cold Weather Rule to help customers who cannot pay their gas bill in full. It does not completely stop winter disconnections but provides customers extra protection from October 15 through April 15. Learn more about the rule from your local energy provider.

In addition to HeatShare, The Salvation Army administers the Gas Affordability Program to provide qualifying Minnesota Energy Resources customers with gas utility bill assistance. View the Gas Affordability Program rules and apply online.