National Earned Income Tax Credit Outreach Campaign
Each year millions of eligible low-medium income workers risk missing out on important federal tax benefits. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities provides free kits to organizations assisting low-medium income workers, promoting The Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and free tax filing assistance. For additional information on the Income Tax Credit Outreach Campaign and to receive a free Tax Credit Outreach Kit, go to: http://eitcoutreach.org
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP is federal money given to each state to assist low-income families with energy costs. It is designed to help eligible households meet the high cost of home heating.
In Michigan, the LIHEAP block grant is used for the following programs:
- Home Heating Credit
- State Emergency Relief (SER) Program
- Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
The Home Heating Credit (HHC) is designed to assist low-income families living in Michigan with the cost of heating their homes. Under provisions set forth in the State Income Tax Act, the Department of Human Services administers Michigan’s Energy Assistance programs and the Michigan Department of Treasury processes the Home Heating Credit claim and issues payments.
The State Emergency Relief (SER) Program provides immediate help to individuals and families facing conditions of extreme hardship or for emergencies that threaten health and safety.
The SER program is primarily designed to maintain low-income households who are normally able to meet their needs but occasionally need help when unexpected emergency situations arise. The SER program is not an appropriate solution to ongoing or chronic financial difficulties.
Financial assistance may be provided to low-income households who meet eligibility requirements 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. Also, services may include payment of necessary charges to deliver a 30-day supply of a deliverable fuel. Online Application
Michigan's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a federally funded, low-income residential energy conservation program. The program provides free home energy conservation services to low-income Michigan homeowners and renters. These services reduce energy use and lower utility bills, thus creating more self-sufficient households.
The Heating and Warmth Fund (THAW)
The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) provides bill payment assistance to low-income residents in 62 Michigan counties – including the Upper Peninsula. Your local Salvation Army or Community Action Agency may also be able to provide emergency assistance.