Financing available for furnace repair or replacement
A program helping South Dakotans who own their homes pay to repair or replace their furnaces has more funding available and eligible low-income households in need are encouraged to apply.
An additional $1 million in one-time funding was added to the Energy Assistance program for furnace repair and replacement through the American Rescue Plan Act, doubling its size. Repair and replacement of air conditioners have also been added for this year only and are available until September 30, 2022.
“For low-income families in South Dakota, the unexpected costs of a heater or air conditioner that isn’t working properly can be difficult,” said Laurie Gill, Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Social Services (DSS ). “By injecting additional funds into this program, we can help ensure that families have reliable and efficient systems when they need them.
Eligibility for repair or replacement is based on the income of households whose furnace or air conditioner is not working or not working properly.
Four Community Action Programs administer the program for DSS and cover all counties in the state:
- Inter-Lakes Community Action – tel. : 605-256-6518 (www.interlakescap.com) serves Brookings, Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Kingsbury, Lake, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha and Moody counties.
- Grow South Dakota – tel. : 605-698-7654 (https://www.growsd.org/) serves Beadle, Brown, CampbellDay, EdmundsFaulk, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, McPhersonMarshal, PotterRoberts, Spink, Stanley, Sulleyand walworth counties.
- Rural Community Services Office – tel. : 605-384-3883 (www.rocsinc.org) serves Aurora, Bon Homme, burntBuffalo, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, GregoryHanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Joneslincoln, LymanMellette, Sanborn, Todd, TripTurner, Yankton and Union Counties.
- Western South Dakota Community Action – tel. : 605-348-1460 (www.wsdca.org) serves Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, haakonHarding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Perkins, Oglala Lakota, Pennington and Ziebach counties.
DSS also provides energy assistance to help low-income South Dakota people pay for home heating costs. Eligibility and assistance amounts are based on the number of people, the income of everyone in the home, the type and cost of heating, and the location. Applications can be submitted at any time for the upcoming winter. Assistance to eligible households that have unpaid heating costs for last winter may be available if they apply before April 30, 2022.
For more information on Energy Assistance and Weatherization Assistance, including furnace repair and replacement, visit https://dss.sd.gov/economicassistance/energyassistance/ or your local community action agency at https:// dss.sd.gov/economicassistance/communityassistance.aspx.