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Energy Assistance for Eligible Michiganders

Local energy providers are working to protect seniors and income-eligible households that may have been impacted by COVID-19. However, even without the loss of income brought on by this pandemic, all too many seniors and low-income households need help with their energy bills.

No Michiganders should have to go without reliable energy. That’s why local providers—in coordination with private agencies, the state government, and local charities—work to provide an array of energy assistance programs for eligible households.

There are two main areas of focus for these energy assistance programs:

  1. Self-sufficiency programs that help families manage their energy use and costs over the long-term.
  2. Crisis intervention programs that provide one-time financial assistance when emergencies hit.

The Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) and state-run programs are federally funded, at least in part, by LIHEAP—the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Other programs are funded directly by Michigan, private charities, and local energy providers.

Self-Sufficiency Programs

The goal of self-sufficiency programs is to give families and households struggling to manage their energy bills the tools they need to address the root causes of late payments or overdue accounts. By proactively addressing these issues, self-sufficiency programs help avoid a costly cycle of shutoffs and reconnections that makes it harder for families to really catch up or get ahead. These self-sufficiency programs include:

Crisis Intervention Programs

Despite the importance of self-sufficiency programs, there will always be times—like the current COVID-19 pandemic—when circumstances beyond our control arise, creating crisis situation in which a household needs immediate relief or assistance to avoid shutoffs or emergency situations. These programs generally provide assistance for heating, fuel, electricity, or home repairs. Some crisis intervention programs include:

If you know anyone who is having trouble paying their energy bills, be sure to share this energy assistance blog to let them know help is available.