Learn about getting assistance to pay your electric bill
It is important you stay in verbal contact with Verendrye Electric Cooperative in regards to your electric bill. This also means ensuring we have valid phone numbers in order for us to contact you. If you have reached out to another organization for assistance for your electric bill, please notify our office. Your caseworker will also need to contact Verendrye to confirm they have received your application for assistance.
Assistance Programs Available
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps eligible low-income families with home heating costs. The program partially pays the cost of natural gas, electricity, propane, fuel oil, coal, wood, or other fuel sources.
The program also covers:
- Weatherization services (insulation, weather stripping around doors and windows, etc.)
- Furnace cleaning, repair, and replacement
- Chimney cleaning and inspection
- Emergency assistance
For more information visit the State of North Dakota Human Services website
Community Action Partnership - Minot Region
Community Action serves the residents of Ward, Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, and Renville Counties. Eligibility for most programs is based on either federal or state income guidelines. These guidelines vary from program to program and intake forms are used to determine client eligibility. Programs serve low-income individuals and families, senior citizens and others in a crisis situation.
For more information, visit http://www.capminotregion.org/
ND Rent Help
This program can help more North Dakota renters overcome economic hardships caused by the pandemic with their rent and/or electricity bills.
For more information or to apply visit https://www.applyforhelp.nd.gov/nd-rent-help Applications must be completed online.
A household can apply for both or just utility assistance if they do not need rent assistance, they will just need to answer yes to the application question that asks if they are behind on utilities and no to the question if they are behind on rent. Contact 701-328-1907 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance on this application.
ND Help for Homeowners
North Dakota’s plan for utilizing Homeowner Assistance Funding has been approved by the U.S. Department of Treasury. This assistance will help homeowners who are at risk of housing instability due to past due mortgage, utilities, or related property expenses or who may be struggling to maintain stable housing for other financial reasons. These funds are intended to complement solutions that are offered by mortgage servicers and will be known in North Dakota as “ND Help for Homeowners.”
Visit https://www.applyforhelp.nd.gov/nd-help-homeowners for more information or to apply. Applications must be completed online.
*If you or someone you know needs help navigating through all the resources available, you may contact Community Options at
701-852-0174. They are available to aid in processing applications which also includes at home and neutral space visits. Their office is located at 300 3rd Ave SW Ste D Minot, ND 58701. There is more information on their website at https://www.communityoptionsnd.com/.
Other resources include Salvation Army, Homeless Coalition, St Vincent de Paul, or your local church.