Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
    Michigan Energy Assistance Program Helps Those in Need with Cold Weather Energy Costs

    The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) is offering assistance to individuals or families in Michigan who are facing high energy costs during the cold weather season. The program, called the Michigan Energy Assistance Program, works in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. It provides support to households that are at or below 150% of the federal poverty line.

    Through the program, approved individuals and families can receive up to $2,500 per grant term to help cover their heating and electric bills. The program also offers assistance with SER co-pays. However, there are program requirements that need to be met before receiving the benefits.

    In addition to providing financial aid, the SWP also focuses on making homes more energy efficient. They offer energy education to help people learn how to reduce their energy consumption. Home energy assessments are also provided, where experts visit homes to provide additional education and install energy-saving items. In some cases, the SWP even offers weatherization and residential solar installation services.

    It is important to note that individuals should not feel ashamed to ask for assistance. Tonya Swenor, the SWP Energy & Climate Program manager, emphasizes that the program is there to help, and the funding for it comes from the people of the state through a funding factor on their utility bills. Swenor encourages people in need to seek help without hesitation.

    Applications for the Energy Assistance Program are accepted until September each year. After October 1, a new fiscal year begins, and individuals who still require assistance must reapply.

    Overall, the Michigan Energy Assistance Program not only provides financial aid for energy costs but also aims to empower individuals and families by encouraging energy conservation and making homes more energy efficient.

    – Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP)
    – Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
    – WLUC