Wise use of Michigan’s energy assistance resources will help more low-income Michiganders break negative cycles and become truly self-sufficient.
Energy assistance programs are a vital part of any smart energy policy for Michigan. Not only do they help our state’s most vulnerable households keep the power on, but they help families learn to better manage their energy use and make smarter energy decisions.
Energy assistance programs serve two important, but different, functions:
Both approaches help Michiganders in need, but AMP believes a focus on self-sufficiency helps prevent many crises. That means we can stretch our state and federal energy assistance funds further and ultimately help even more Michiganders. That’s the power of smart energy policy.
Much of the funding for energy assistance efforts flows from the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP).
AMP believes lawmakers at both the state and federal level should support full funding for these critical energy assistance programs, as well as policies that direct more funding to self-sufficiency programs that reduce the overall need for assistance by helping families break negative cycles.
Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens, including seniors, children, and low-income households, are the ones who have felt the most bitter sting from this year’s unprecedented cold snaps. That’s what makes energy assistance programs like the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) so important.