Program DescriptionLow-income households who meet all State Emergency Relief (SER) eligibility requirements may receive assistance to help them with household heat and electric costs. LIHEAP funds are also used for the Home Heating Credit (HHC), administered through the Michigan Department of Treasury and the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Michigan, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.
For SER only: When your heat or electric service is in threat of shutoff or is already shut off and must be restored, payment may be authorized to the enrolled provider if all eligibility factors are met. The amount of the payment is the minimum amount necessary to prevent shutoff or restore service, up to the fiscal year cap. Payment must resolve the emergency by restoring or continuing the service for at least 30 calendar days. Payment may be made made up to the available fiscal year cap for the necessary charges to deliver a 30-day supply of fuel for households that heat with deliverable fuel (fuel oil, propane or coal). Fugitive felons are not eligible for the program. Their presence in the home disqualifies the household from receiving assistance.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo apply, please contact the local Department of Human Services (DHS) office in the county in which you reside:
For SER, you must complete DHS-1514, Application for State Emergency Relief, and DHS-1171, Assistance Application, if there is not a current one in the record. (Spanish versions of these applications are also available.) If the application is submitted electronically through MIBridges, no additional application is needed.
Program Contact Information
For more information about this program, please visit www.michigan.gov/dhs or call (855) ASK-MICH or (855) 275-6424.