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Governor Whitmer Helps Residents with Financial Assistance and Shutoff Protections to Ensure Michiganders Stay Warm this Winter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

December 15, 2021 

Media Contact: Matt Helms, [email protected] 

MPSC Customer Assistance: 800-292-9555 

Governor Whitmer Helps Residents with Financial Assistance and Shutoff Protections to Ensure Michiganders Stay Warm this Winter 

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and other state agencies are working to save people money and help keep the heat on this winter as temperatures drop by reminding Michigan families worried about paying for home heating that there are shutoff protections, financial assistance, and other resources available this season. 

“There is help available for working families, seniors, and other Michiganders to stay safe and warm this winter,” said Governor Whitmer. “We will continue working together to put Michiganders first and lower costs for families this winter, and I urge anyone struggling with home heating costs to call 211 or go to mi211.org to learn more about resources for those in need.” 

“No one in Michigan has to go without heat this winter,” said Michigan Public Service Commission Chair Dan Scripps. “Qualifying households can get assistance with utility bills, and many Michigan utilities offer flexible payment plans that can spread the costs of home heating year-round to lower the immediate burden of higher costs when cold weather sets in. There also are programs to help households use energy more efficiently and help reduce winter bills.”  

“We don’t want anyone to have to worry about keeping their homes warm during the Michigan winter,” said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel. “MDHHS and other state agencies are here to help. Residents should be aware of the state’s energy-related assistance programs and services.” 

Need help? Here are ways to get help staying warm: 

  • Qualifying utility customers may be eligible for State Emergency Relief (SER) or the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP), which provide financial assistance. To learn more, go to www.michigan.gov/mibridges or call your local MDHHS office. If you need help applying, call 211 and ask for a MEAP grantee near you for help. 
  • The Winter Protection Plan protects both seniors and low-income customers of MPSC-regulated natural gas and electric companies. Customers …….

    Source: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499-574033–,00.html

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