Good news for anyone who is or will be struggling to pay high energy bills this winter. WOODTV reports that $54 million dollars in grants have been distributed amongst 9 organizations in Michigan that help low-income households pay their utility bills through the winter.

According to WOODTV, the grants were awarded through the Michigan Energy Assistance Program and said there was an emphasis on making sure that households that have the lowest income and highest energy bills are helped through the grants. Last year, upwards of 55,000 households were served through the grants provided by the Michigan Energy Assistance Program.

WOODTV says that the Heat and Warmth Fund which operates statewide received $7 Million, as well as the Salvation Army which received a little more than $11 million. Another program that serves the West Michigan area, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Archdiocese of Detroit, received $4.1 million dollars to help with heating assistance.

If you’re needing help with your energy bills, the State of Michigan says first, to be proactive and contact your utility company as soon as you know you’re going to be behind in your bill, don’t wait for a shut-off notice or before you run out of propane if that’s what you use.

They also have other tips and how to apply for help on their website which you can see HERE.

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