MEAP (Michigan Energy Assistance Program) provides energy assistance and self sufficiency services to eligible low income households.
“Eligible low-income household” means a household with an income of not more than 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Eligible households should be in crisis to qualify for MEAP funds.
“Crisis” means one of the following:
- An individual or recipient has received a past due notice on an energy bill for his or her household (a shut off or disconnect notice is not required);
- A residential fuel tank is estimated to contain no more than 25% of its heating fuel capacity;
- A stated need for deliverable fuel or a nontraditional fuel source in which there is no meter or regular energy bill provided; or
- A notice that the balance in a prepayment account is below a minimum amount.
YOU MUST APPLY FOR AN SER (State Emergency Relief) FIRST TO QUALIFY FOR MEAP SERVICES.
True self-sufficiency is about you providing for yourself or your family without public assistance. The focus is to move people off financial aid. Each person works with our Self-Sufficiency staff to achieve their individual goals.
The services in the program include:
- Heat and energy assistance
- Budgeting and financial planning
- Connecting with local resources
- Energy efficiency and waste reduction
- Financial literacy education