Energy Conservation and Assistance
Superior Watershed Partnership
Michigan Energy Assistance Program (SWP MEAP)
NEED ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR HEAT AND ELECTRIC BILLS? WE CAN HELP!
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Navigation and Referral Partner for the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT APPLYING FOR ENERGY ASSISTANCE IN MICHIGAN
- Everyone must first apply for a State Emergency Relief (SER) assist through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
- Each household can only receive one SER assist for heat and one SER assist for electric through the MDHHS per heating season.
- Any additional energy assistance must be received through a Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) Grantee.
- If you would like to work with our program, select the Superior Watershed Partnership as your Referral Partner on your MI Bridges on-line application by selecting the Navigator button at the bottom of every MI Bridges page. The SWP will receive your referral and will contact you within 2 business days to schedule your self-sufficiency services and explain the process for future energy requests.
- If you completed a paper SER application and were approved, please call 906-273-2742 for details on how to connect with the SWP for future assists.
- The SWP can assist with most SER co-pays.
HOW TO APPLY FOR ENERGY ASSISTANCE BEGINNING OCTOBER 1ST 2018
- If you have access to a computer you can apply on-line using MI BRIDGES https://newmibridges.michigan.gov/
- Pick up a paper application at your local MDHHS office. All SER applications must be submitted to your local MDHHS office.
CONNECTING WITH THE SUPERIOR WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP
- Connect with the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) while filling out your MI Bridges State Emergency Relief (SER) or call the SWP at 906-273-2742 to connect and/or discuss program requirements.
- The SWP representative will assist you with completion the required Self-Sufficiency Plan and Needs Assessment. Click here to fill out the Self-Sufficiency Plan and Needs Assessment on-line.
- The SWP representative will guide you on how to complete the required Energy Conservation and Money Management Workshop. Click here to fill out the required Energy Conservation and Money Management Workshop online.
- The Needs Assessment will ask you several questions, including whether you are interested in additional workshops and whether you would like to have a Home Energy Score conducted in your home.
- The SWP will give you referrals based on your Needs Assessment.
- After you have been approved for your HEAT SER, you will be eligible to be enrolled in an Affordable Payment Plan or receive other monetary assistance from the SWP.
- After you have been approved for your ELECTRIC SER, you will be eligible to be enrolled in an Affordable Payment Plan or receive other utility assistance from the SWP.
SWP MEAP SERVICES
- Short-term, long-term case management, and referrals
- Energy assistance for electricity, natural gas, propane, fuel oil, and firewood
- Energy Conservation and Financial Education Workshops
- Affordable Payment Plans with Consumers Energy, DTE, SEMCO and UPPCO
- Home Energy Score Assessments
- Solar panel array installation for up to 5 eligible households
In order to qualify for assistance, a family/household must be low-income with a total household income at or below the 150% US Federal Poverty Level. View the Federal Poverty Eligibility chart below:
Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Guideline Tables
|Family Size||150% MONTHLY FPL|
|Additional Family Member Add||$552|
MI BRIDGES APPLICATIONS REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
- State Id for applicant
- Social Security card for applicant
- Social Security numbers for all household members
- Copy of energy bill showing past due charges or quote for fuel oil/propane/wood
- For fuel oil and propane your tank must be 25% or below
- For wood you should apply when you have two weeks or less of wood
- For electric and natural gas you must have past due charges showing on your current bill
- Bank statement from the past 30 days
- To qualify you must not have more than $500 in your account
- Proof of income for everyone in the household for the past 30 days
- Proof of assets (car registration, proof of home ownership)
- Some assets such as your homestead, one vehicle, personal and household goods are excluded
- The MDHHS may require that your household has made payments towards your utility bills in the past six months. Use the SER REQUIRED PAYMENTS chart below by selecting the number of household members and finding the energy type you are seeking assistance for. Non-payment over the last 6 months may result in a State Emergency Relief (SER) co-pay. If you cannot afford your co-pay, you can contact the Superior Watershed Partnership or other MEAP Grantee for assistance. In certain situations, you may be denied if you are asking for less assistance than you were required to pay. If this occurs, you can make a payment to your utility provider and then re-apply for SER.
|Household||Heat: Required Payment||Electric: Required Payment||TOTAL REQUIRED ENERGY|
|*||$10 *||$6 *||$16 *|
MEAP PROGRAM INFORMATION
- Navigation Partners and Access Partners can help you complete your MI Bridges application.
- You can select your Referral Partner when submitting your MI Bridges application online. The Referral Partner will contact you within 2 business days and will work with you to complete a Self-Sufficiency Plan and Needs Assessment.
- The first 250 households that attend an in-person Self-Sufficiency Workshop will receive a Home Energy Kit valued at $25.00.
- Home Energy Scores will be offered to eligible clients. Participating households will receive a comprehensive Department of Energy Home Energy Score report and can receive up to $85.00 of weatherization materials (ex; draft sealing, hot water pipe wrap, installing LED bulbs, etc.
- Up to 50 households will receive weatherization based on the Home Energy Score report.
- Up to 5 eligible households will receive solar panel arrays.
MEAP PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
- Everyone must receive an SER payment from MDHHS first before the SWP can release any direct energy assistance payments for that energy type.
- Upon completion of the Self-Sufficiency Plan, Workshop, and Needs Assessment, the household will be eligible for an affordable payment plan and up to two additional energy assists not to exceed $2,000 per household in the grant term running October 1st through September 30th
- If you require more than 2 assists you may be required to take additional Self-Sufficiency Workshops.
- Affordable payment plans (APP) will be offered to customers of DTE, Consumers Energy, SEMCO and UPPCO whose households are deemed eligible.