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LIHEAP brightens life for many Michigan families.

AMP believes no one should have to face Michigan’s winters without heat, but many Michigan families struggle to pay their energy bills, especially in this difficult economy. LIHEAP (the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) helps low-income families in Michigan meet their immediate home energy needs. AMP supports adequate federal funding for LIHEAP to help Michigan families in need weather tough economic times.

LIHEAP in Michigan: Questions and Answers:
  • Why LIHEAP?
    The first people to suffer in a slow economy are lower-income families. They often must choose between food, medicine, and a warm home. When winter brings cold weather and rising energy prices, those choices become even more urgent. LIHEAP helps these families meet energy needs so they can use their limited resources to pay for other necessities

  • How many Michigan families rely on LIHEAP?
    In 2012, LIHEAP assisted approximately 615,000 Michigan households. (There are currently about 1.2 million Michigan families at or below 150% of poverty.) Most of the energy assistance is available to low-income households only after they are in shut-off status, which means they are in crisis.  
  • How is LIHEAP funded?
    The federal government funds LIHEAP, but allows states like Michigan to direct and implement their own programs to best assist low-income citizens.
  • Will LIHEAP continue to receive federal funding?
    In recent years, funding for LIHEAP has declined by 32 percent, although households eligible for assistance have increased. In December 2012, 40 U.S. Senators sent a letter to President Obama requesting $4.7 billion for LIHEAP be included in the FY2014 budget.

Michigan's Most Vulnerable Benefit from LIHEAP