Thaw heating assistance is available for those in need this winter

Thaw heating assistance is available for those in need this winter

When the temperature outside drops most Michiganders want to turn up the thermostat.. but not everyone can afford to do so.

But help is available.

“Our COVID emergency rental assistance not only helped with rent, but also helped reduce gas and electric bills,” said DTE Tamara Johnson.

Tuesday highlighted several state and local programs to let residents know where to turn for help.

“We have an average of over 27,000 clients per year enrolled in our low-income, self-sufficiency programs,” Johnson said.

But the programs aren’t just for those with limited finances.

“There are several disconnect protection programs (available for) our elderly customers with medical conditions and for active duty military and veterans,” Johnson said.

DTE also provides assistance to other agencies that work to keep people’s homes warm.

“We’ve donated over $60 million to community agencies including Thaw, United Way and others in the past five years,” Johnson said.

THW officials say they are grateful for DTE Energy’s funding to be put to good use.

“We are excited to be here and share the services we have here at The Thaw,” said Christine Beatty.

Thaw officials make it clear that their services aren’t just for low-income Michiganders.

“Bridging the gap for our younger high-income customers is why we try to help every customer we can that comes through the door,” Beatty said.

The state of Michigan is also helping keep the heat on homes through the Department of Health and Human Services.

“You can receive up to $850 on your natural gas bill or your non-thermal electric service,” said Nicole Dennison-Sogbaka of MDHHS. “This credit is designed to help individuals with low income, people who are deaf, disabled, or blind, and veterans with disabilities.”

If you need more information about services call the 211 helpline which provides referrals to programs to assist with utility assistance and much more.

“Please don’t hesitate to call 211, our staff is on standby and ready to assist with any type of situation,” said Eric Davis, United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

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