Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP is federal money given to each state to assist low-income families with energy costs. In Michigan, the LIHEAP block grant is used for the following programs:

► Home Heating Credit

► State Emergency Relief (SER)

► Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

Home Heating Credit

The Home Heating Credit is available to all low-income households. The Michigan Department of Treasury determines eligibility and makes the payments. You do not need to file a state income tax return to receive the Home Heating Credit. You may apply for the Home Heating Credit only. Eligibility is based on income, number of exemptions and household heating costs.

Application forms are available from the Department of Treasury, local Department of Health and Human Services offices and anywhere Michigan tax return forms are available. Forms are automatically mailed to households who received a credit last year. Applications are available from mid to late January and may be made through September 30 of each year.

Request a Home Heating Credit Claim form (MI-1040CR-7) from the list of forms on the Michigan Department of Treasury website or for more information go to the Energy Assistance Programs Home Heating Credit web site.

State Emergency Relief (SER)

The State Emergency Relief (SER) program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). An application is needed to request assistance and an appointment is generally required. To apply, please call 863-3042 in Menominee County, 786-7080 in Delta County, or 341-2452 in Schoolcraft County.

SER is a crisis intervention program and provides services such as payment for heating fuel, electricity and home repairs. Eligibility is based on:

► demonstration of immediate need (shut off notice), or

► declared need for a deliverable fuel such as fuel oil, or

► verified need for energy related home repair, and income, and assets.

SER Payments

► Heating fuel has an annual maximum of $350 to $700 depending on the fuel type. The maximum payment may change based on available funding.

► State Energy-related home repairs have a $1500 lifetime limit per household.

► Heat, Electric and home repairs are only issued to enrolled LIHEAP providers. The enrollment form is the DHS-355, Energy Supplier Participation Agreement.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) --  this program is separate from the MDSCAA Weatherization Program

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. Services are typically administered by local Community Action Agencies and include:

► Wall Insulation

► Attic Insulation and Ventilation

► Foundation Insulation

► Air Leakage Reduction

► Smoke Detectors

► Dryer Venting