Find Heating Bill Help and Assistance in Michigan
Michigan Home Heating Credit Will Help With Heating Bills
The Home Heating Credit in Michigan is an option for lower income households. The Michigan Department of Treasury both makes the payments and determines eligibility. You need to apply for the Home Heating Credit. Learn more.
Michigan State Emergency Relief (SER)
The Michigan State Emergency Relief (SER) assistance program is administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS). For this heating bill help, an application is needed to request assistance and an appointment is generally required.
SER is more of a crisis intervention program and this program provides services such as payment for electricity, heating fuel, and home repairs. Program eligibility is based on:
- demonstration of immediate need for help, such as a shut off notice
- declared need for a deliverable winter heating fuel such as fuel oil
- verified need for the energy related home repair
- assets and income
- Michigan State Energy-related home repairs provided have a $1500 lifetime limit per resident.
- Heating fuel provided has an annual maximum of $350 to $700, and the amount paid depends on the fuel type. Read more on the Michigan SER program.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
The state of Michigan's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a lower income, federally funded, residential electricity and heating conservation program. This assistance program provides free home energy conservation advice and services to lower income Michigan renters and homeowners. These services provided will reduce energy use as well as lower utility and heating bills, thus creating more self sufficient residents. The services giving are usually administered by local Community Action Agencies and can include:
- Foundation Insulation
- Smoke Detectors
- Wall Insulation
- Attic Ventilation and Insulation
- Air Leakage Reduction
- Dryer Venting
Winter Protection Plan
This assistance plan protects low income, disabled, and seniors who live in Michigan. It will prevent heating service shut-off and high utility payments between December 1 and March 31. The Winter Protection plans allows eligible low income families and customers to make monthly payments on their bills of at least 7 percent of their estimated annual bill, along with paying an agreed upon portion of any past-due amounts on their bills, December through March, and avoid service shut-off during that time even if their utility or heating bills are higher.
The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW)
An independent nonprofit organization manages this aid program. THAW distributes assistance for heating bill-payment assistance across the state and it also promotes energy conservation, energy efficiency education, and weatherization. Read more on the Heat and Warmth Fund.
Consumers Energy - PeopleCare is another heating bill assistance program. It is a partnership that is between Consumers Energy and The Salvation Army. It was designed to help Michigan households who may not qualify for other heating bill aid yet are struggling to make ends meet.
Lansing Board of Water & Light - The Pennies for Power Program helps provide utility and heating service shutoff protection for lower income families in the Lansing area.
Home Heating Credit
A state of Michigan tax credit that can help offset the rising costs of both natural gas and electricity bills. The Home Heating Credit is based on total household income, the number of exemptions claimed on the taxpayers return, and the home's actual heating costs
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army helps families by providing utility and heating bill assistance throughout the State of Michigan. Over 120 caseworkers, working at almost 100 service locations, help families pay their utility and heating bills in order to get through a crisis they may be facing.
Tri County Electric
Customer donations provide cash grants and funds for families, individuals and community organizations. Grant Guidelines include a maximum of $2,500 paid to any one family or individual per year.
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