Need help with heat? Consumers Energy provides $10M for winter bills

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We’ve had a fairly mild winter by Michigan standards but you know cold weather isn’t far away.

That can cause problems for people struggling to pay their heating bills.

There are several programs available to help people who find themselves in need of financial help keeping safe and warm during the winter.

Since October Consumers Energy has provided $10 million to to help eligible customers.

“We’re pleased that we can provide help for thousands of Michigan families to ensure they have the power they need during another cold winter,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and chief executive officer.

Consumers Energy provides financial support to eight nonprofit organizations. Those groups, in turn, work with the customers.

The participating nonprofits are United Way of Jackson County, TrueNorth Community Services, The Salvation Army, The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), Michigan Community Action Agency, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Archdiocese of Detroit, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and Michigan Veterans Trust Fund.

The most direct way to connect with one of those groups if you are in need is to call 2-1-1.  By calling that free service people can be connected to support services in the community in which they live.

ONLINE: Learn more about 2-1-1 services

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