Community Action of Allegan County is the provider for both Allegan and Barry County as it relates to the Michigan Energy Assistance Program. Our contact information is 269-673-5472;293 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for all applicants that may need assistance.
Assistance to low-income households is available through State Emergency Relief and the Michigan Energy Assistance Program.
Community Action of Allegan County has a team of specialists at our facility in Allegan as well as a satellite office in Barry to assist individuals in navigating through the process and provide assistance with utilities. CAAC staff is trained to provide personalized, step-by-step instructions to clients in getting them enrolled in utility assistance programs, and also assist applicants with affordable payment plans, building a household budget, accessing financial coaching, energy efficiency education, short-term case management and accessing related services to crisis management and building financial stability. Everyone who is struggling to pay utility bills or to refill their deliverable fuel is encouraged to seek assistance. All who meet income qualifications will be provided assistance as long as this funding is available.
State Emergency Relief is for immediate assistance to someone facing conditions of extreme hardship or emergencies threatening health and safety. This emergency support is designed to help low-income households that are normally able to make ends meet, but occasionally need help when an unexpected situation arises – and is available to pay for utilities only when a shutoff has occurred or there is a threat of a shutoff.
A household that qualifies for State Emergency Relief for heat or non-heat electricity services also qualifies for additional energy services from the Michigan Energy Assistance Program through private agencies, such as CAAC, that have received MDHHS grant funding.
The Michigan Energy Assistance Program is a preventive program designed to provide energy assistance to low-income households so that they can reach energy self-sufficiency.
Michigan Energy Assistance Program grantees will use the MI Bridges online system to assist applicants and provide them with energy self-sufficiency services such as weatherizing their homes so they are more energy efficient.
There are some changes in the application process beginning Oct. 1, 2018.
All households applying for energy assistance are now using MDHHS applications. Previously, there were different applications for the Michigan Energy Assistance Program. MDHHS will now process all applications, which will streamline the process and allow grantees to devote more of their resources to helping people become energy self-sufficient.
Beginning Oct. 1, people can apply for energy assistance year-round with MDHHS. That’s different than in recent years, when people were required to apply only during the designated energy crisis season, which was from Nov. 1 to May 31.
CAAC along with other agencies are MiBridges Navigator Partners and Referral Partners and can assist clients with getting their application into the MiBridges system.