LANSING – The deadline for area low-income residents to apply for a state home heating credit to help cover winter energy bills is only a month away, said Sen. John Proos.
“Michigan winters can be harsh, so I encourage eligible low-income families to apply for this credit before the deadline passes,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “This credit is meant as a lifeline to struggling families – especially those caring for young children or seniors – to keep the heat on during freezing winters.”
The Michigan Home Heating Credit is funded by a federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program grant and is run by the Michigan Department of Treasury. The form to apply for the credit is 1040CR-7 and is available on the Treasury Department’s website at www.michigan.gov/taxes or by calling 517-636-4486.
According to the Michigan Public Service Commission, eligible customers must have their homestead in Michigan, must own or rent the home in which they live, and for the standard allowance, their income must fall with certain limits.
For example, a single person must have an annual income of $11,929 or less to qualify. The income limit increases $4,114 for each additional exemption. Special exemptions are available if an individual is deaf, blind, a person with a disability or age 65 or older.
“There are other energy assistance programs available for low-income residents, including a credit for residents who experience frequent power outages” said Proos. “These additional programs are provided by utility companies and consumer agencies, and interested low-income energy customers should contact their energy company for information.”
Residents can apply for a $25 electric outage service credit if the utility fails to restore service within 16 hours of an outage, if they experience seven or more outages within a year or if the utility fails to restore service within 120 hours after an outage resulting from catastrophic conditions.
Proos said southwest Michigan residents in need of help with home heating, electric service credits credit or other programs may contact his office for assistance toll-free at 1-866-305-2121 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.