This Morning: Deadline to file for home heating credit Sept. 30th


The warm temperatures are out and the chilly, fall breeze has arrived.

Many families may be starting to think about how to warm their homes this winter but for some, that answer’s not easy.

However, you may be able to save a few extra bucks this season.

You can do that by applying for what’s called a “Home Heating Credit.”

Michigan is one of the only states to offer the program.

But here’s the catch, the deadline to file is this Sunday, Sept. 30th.

According to officials at Capital Area United Way, about 300,000 Michigan residents take advantage of the program each year.

The average savings per household is around $170.

So how can you get in on the program?

Well you need to be a Michigan homeowner or renter first.

Then make sure you’re qualified to apply.

For most, the credit is based on family size and total household income.

So let’s say you’re a family of four.

You’d need to be earning less than $27,071 total each year.

For 2017 (November 2017 – September 2018), the Home Heating Maximum Total Household Resources are:

  • $13,271 for a single person household
  • $17,871 for a two-person household
  • $22,471 for a three-person household
  • $27,071 for a four-person household
  • $31,671 for a five-person household
  • $36,271 for a six-person household

“We know that home heating is a high cost for many families in our community and that this is another that they can help stretch their dollars,” says President and CEO of Capital Area United Way, Teresa Kmetz.

Officials say although the program is designed for those with disabilities or a low income, anyone who think they could fit the requirements should reach out and apply.

The deadline to file is this Sunday which means if you plan on mailing in an application, it needs to be postmarked by Friday.

For more information, head to the Michigan Dept. of Treasury’s website.

For help applying, contact Capital Area United Way or Michigan 211.

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