State of Michigan Heating Bill Assistance Programs
Michigan continues to have a difficult economic environment. As Michigan continues to face a challenging state economy, Consumers Energy and the state government is reminding low-income Michigan residents that they can receive heating bill assistance by applying for the Michigan Home Heating Credit (HHC), the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit., and also they should apply for the State of Michigan Earned Income Credit.
These programs provide a wide variety of heating bill help. The average Michigan Home Heating Credit is almost $150, the average State Earned Income Credit is about $190, and families can receive a Federal Earned Income Credit of as much as $5,000, depending on the total household income and need. And it is not even necessary to file a Michigan tax return in order to apply for the Home Heating Credit and help with paying heating bills. However, in order to receive the Earned Income Credits, applicants in Michigan are required to file both federal and state income tax forms.
Unfortunately many eligible Michigan families do not take advantage of the heating assistance program. There continues to be money available in the Michigan Home Heating Credit program to help low-income Michigan families with their energy bills.
Consumers Energy, which is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and provides electricity, energy, and natural gas to almost 6.5 million of Michigan’s almost 10 million residents in all 68 of Lower Peninsula Michigan counties, and they are trying desperately to get the word out on the aid out there.