The Monroe County Commission on Aging
Serving Monroe County Seniors since 1973
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
is the United States federal social services program was
first established in 1981 and funded annually
through Congressional appropriations.
The mission of LIHEAP is to assist low-income households, particularly
those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of
household income for home energy, primarily in
meeting their immediate home energy needs.
The program, part of the
United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),
is funded by grants appropriated from the federal government.
|United Way of Southeastern Michigan
Within county~ Call 2-1-1
Outside the county~ 1-800-552-1184
The Salvation Army
The following churches provide limited assistance with utilities, typically paying only a small portion. To check the availability of funds, please contact the churches individually.
| Monroe Missionary Baptist Church
14260 South Dixie Hwy.
Monroe MI 48161
|St. Mary's St. Vincent DePaul
127 N. Monroe Street
Monroe MI 48162
St. John's St. Vincent DePaul
511 S. Monroe Street
Monroe MI 48161
St. Michaels/St. Vincent DePaul
510 W. Front Street
Monroe MI 48161
965 South Raisinville Road,
Monroe MI 48161
The Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP), sponsored by a coalition of public interest nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the energy efficiency field, is designed to give consumers and businesses information they need to make use of the federal income tax incentives for energy-efficient products and technologies passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and subsequently amended several times.
When funding is available, MCOP Utility Assistance Program offers assistance with electric, gas, and deliverable fuels such as propane. Each utility has its own income limitations.
Those who qualify must have a shut-off notice and fill out a state of emergency relief (SER) form through the Department of Human Services (DHS), then receive a decision notice.
Individuals must meet one of the following criteria: be disabled and show proof of disability; have children in the home ages 18 and younger, or be at least 65 years old. For funding eligibility, please contact MCOP.
|Department of Health and Human Services
903 South Telegraph Road, Suite A
Monroe, MI 48161
734-243-7200 or TDD 800-649-3777
Heat and Utilities Temporary Heat and Utility Assistance may be available for eligible low-income families and individuals when heating or electric service has been or will be shut off.
Payments may include the amount needed to restore or continue the service for at least 30 days. Assistance may also be available to provide payment for necessary charges to deliver a 30-day supply of a deliverable fuel.You are required to pay a portion of your bill. DHS may be able to assist with the amount of your bill above your required payment when heating or electric service has been or will be shut off. You are required to pay a portion of your bill.
Electric/Natural Gas Income Assistance
For more information, or to enroll, please call 800-477-5050.Winter Protection Plan (WPP) - May protect seniors age 65 and older from service shut-off and high payments during the winter (Nov. 1 to March 31). Enrollment for the Winter Protection Plan begins Nov. 1. The plan requires:
State Earned Income Tax Credit (SEIC) - A taxpayer may claim a Michigan earned income tax credit equal to a percentage of the federal earned income tax credit for which the taxpayer is eligible if any. It is line 27b on the MI-1040. The Michigan credit will assist workers struggling to keep up with rising costs.
Home Heating Credit (HHC) - To apply for a Home Heating Credit, you must meet the income guidelines and own or rent the home where you live (includes rented apartments and mobile homes).Home Heating Credit Claim forms (MI-1040CR-7) are available wherever other tax forms are provided. The annual deadline to file is Sept. 30. You need not file an income tax return to apply for this credit.
The Federal and State Eligibility Criteria are* -Income equal to or less than 150 percent Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Guidelines
Energy usage (electric and gas) over the last 12 months is comparable with average annual usage for a residential
For more information, please call 844-598-7969 between the hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Shutoff Protection Plan
How do I get started?
To see if you are eligible for the Shutoff Protection Plan, please call 800-477-4747. We will provide you with the minimum down payment required to enroll and the monthly payment amount based on the account balance and energy usage at your location. Please contact us before your service is subject to shutoff. We will work with you to set up a payment plan or advise you of assistance agencies in your area.
Salvation Army Energy Assistance Programs
In combination with state funds, The Salvation Army partners with several Michigan utility companies to offer low-income assistance programs and bill credits. Although The Salvation Army has established relationships with the utility companies presented on this site, we are always willing and able to work with any utility company to resolve the energy crisis on behalf of those in need.
The Salvation Army’s Energy Assistance Services (EAS) seeks to walk alongside low-income households to address energy crises. In this process, an applicant may be offered bill payment assistance, energy company subsidy program enrollment, and case management services. The goal of these services is to support household financial stability and support the participant in achieving the goals they have set for themselves. In most situations, an EAS Case Specialist will meet with an applicant one on one to determine eligibility and to assess the need or opportunity for additional supports.
Funding for EAS is provided by a grant from the State of Michigan, partnerships with Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, and Michigan Gas Utilities as well as donations from individuals and other corporations.
Share the Warmth is a joint effort of the Salvation Army, the Michigan-based utility provider Michigan Gas Utilities (MGU), and concerned MGU customers from communities throughout Michigan. During winter and all year long, charitable contributions to the Share the Warmth Fund enable The Salvation Army to extend emergency home heating assistance to low-income or unemployed families living in MGU’s service territory – especially to households with children, elderly or disabled individuals who would otherwise be unable to keep the heat on during these challenging times.
PeopleCare Program provides short-term emergency aid to those who need it most; PeopleCare makes a big difference in the lives of families who need a helping hand. It could be a family whose home was destroyed by fire, a parent diagnosed with a serious medical condition, or a wage earner who has been laid off.PeopleCare is a unique partnership between Consumers Energy and The Salvation Army to help Michigan households who may not qualify for other assistance yet are struggling to make ends meet. Charitable donations from Consumers Energy customers and employees allow The Salvation Army to extend material assistance to families ranging from food to transportation to medical needs. For more information on these programs, please call 734-241-0440.
|The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW)
The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) provides emergency help to low-income families and individuals in Michigan who are in danger of losing heat or electricity during the winter months. To learn more, please call (800) 866-THAW (800-866-8429).