St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) announced that it has been awarded a $2.25 million Michigan Energy Assistance Program grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) on behalf of Michigan Department of Human Services. These funds will be used to provide energy assistance to income eligible families from thirty-nine counties in Michigan this winter.
St. Vincent de Paul has partnered with Michigan Public Service Commission since 2006 to provide energy assistance to those living in poverty, senior citizens and others throughout southeast Michigan who may be in danger of having their heating services discontinued. Through this effort, SVdP has helped over 6,000 underprivileged households with their utility bills. For the past three years, SVdP’s collaboration with The Heat & Warmth Fund (THAW) has enabled an expansion of the program to include counties all over Michigan including the Upper Peninsular. With these funds SVdP distributed over $2 million to eligible low-income households between December 2012 and August 2013. A special focus of the program this year is enabling clients seeking energy assistance to move towards self-sufficiency.
“Many households are struggling with home heating costs, especially families faced with job losses and lower wages. St. Vincent de Paul is faced with thousands of requests for utility assistance each year,” said SVdP Executive Director Bill Brazier. “We are grateful to our wonderful partners who help us help our neighbors in need and ensure families in our community stay warm this winter season.”
To find out how you can help keep Michigan families warm this winter, please visit http://www.svdpdetroit.org.