Welcome to the City of Ely, MN Utilities Commission webpage information

Utility Payments can be made:
  • by check via mail or dropped off at 2210 E Sheridan St. Ste, 1 Ely, MN 55731
  • dropped off at Ely Area Credit Union, Frandsen Bank, or Boundary Waters Bank in Ely (Check with your bank about using bill pay)
  • Pay your bill online via  Payment Service Network 

Resources for Assistance:

  • AEOA - Virginia Office 218-734-6869 or 1-844-568-0149
  • EAP Online Application:https://energy-assistance.web.commerce.state.mn.us\
  • Salvation Army - Virginia Office 218-741-1889
  • Rent/Housing Assistance
  • United Way MN
  • Salvation Army HeatShare- HeatShare is a voluntary nongovernmental program of the Salvation Army that has been in existence since 1982. When you give to HeatShare, you are helping warm the lives of the elderly, people with disabilities, and others who have nowhere else to turn. HeatShare provides financial assistance on a year-round basis and is used for natural gas, oil, propane, wood, and electricity.
    • Who does HeatShare help?
      Seniors with low income and no alternate source of help.  People with disabilities who are limited in their ability to maintain income to adequately cover energy costs.  People who have an unexpected crisis and as a result cannot pay for household energy bills.
    • How can I support my neighbor?
      The Salvation Army HeatShare Program- 2445 Prior Ave. Roseville, MN 55113. *please make checks payable to HeatShare Program. www.heatshare.org. 1-800-842-7279 

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Low-Income Individuals and Families Buy or Repair Homes


   USDA Rural Development has funds available for very low- and low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area.


   The Direct Home Loan program offers financing to qualified very-low and low-income applicants that are unable to qualify for traditional financing. No down payment is required, and the interest rate could be as low as one percent with a subsidy. Applicants must meet income and credit guidelines and demonstrate repayment ability. The program is available in rural communities of generally 35,000 people or less.


   The maximum loan amount is $40,000 at a one percent interest rate, repayable for a 20-year term and can be used to improve or modernize homes and do essential repairs. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to homeowners 62 and older and must be used to remove health or safety hazards, such as fixing a leaking roof, installing indoor plumbing, or replacing a furnace.


   Contact a USDA Rural Development Housing Specialist in your area today, to see if you qualify.  


   USDA Rural Development loans and grants provide assistance that supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/mn.


Virginia Office 218-741-3929 ext. 4


USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.