The Salvation Army HeatShare Program

HeatShare provides energy assistance on a year-round basis to families in crisis. The program was founded by CenterPoint Energy in 1982 and is administered by the Salvation Army. Funds are used for natural gas, fuel oil, propane, electricity, furnace checkups and, in the Twin Cities area, furnace repairs.

If you need assistance

To receive assistance through HeatShare, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must live in a participating utility's service area.
  • You must have received a disconnection notice.
  • You must have an income level at or below 50 percent of the state median income.
  • There must be an emergency that has caused the bill not to be paid.

Other important factors:

  • Elderly and disabled are given special consideration.
  • HeatShare must be used as a "last resort" - clients must try other public resources first, e.g., Energy Assistance or County Emergency Assistance.
  • Assistance amount is limited on locality and to once every 12 months.
  • Budget counseling and case management services are available.

To learn more, call The Salvation Army at 651-746-3400 or toll-free at 1-800-842-7279, or visit their Web site.