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Energy Assistance


One of the Special Works of St. Vincent de Paul, Detroit is to offer energy assistance to income eligible households who may be in danger of having their electric and heating utilities disconnected or who are unable to pay their energy bills.

St. Vincent de Paul – Detroit is pleased to have been awarded the 2017 – 2018 Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) grant award of $6,000,000 from the Michigan Agency for Energy that will enable us to continue serving our neighbors throughout Michigan.

Between October 2016 and September 2017 our Energy Assistance Program team through an expanded network of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences and in collaboration with service agencies throughout Michigan disbursed nearly $4.7 million, to 4,468 households, in 39 Michigan counties.

If you meet the eligibility guidelines below and live in the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Lapeer or St. Clair please call 313-393-2930 for assistance.  Outside these counties please click here.

2017 – 2018 MEAP Household Eligibility Guidelines

  • Any person age 18 or older who resides in the household can apply for assistance
  • Applicant must provide proof of identity, residence and a copy of his/her Social Security card
  • Residence must be applicant’s primary residence, not a commercial account
  • The Social Security number for every member in the household must be provided
  • Applicant must be a US citizen or qualified alien. Immigration status of household members who are not US citizens must be verified and documented
  • Total income in the household must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines (see table below)  Proof of income from the past 30 days must be provided for all members of the household who have income
  • Maximum payment is $3000 for a combined natural gas and electric account or $1500 for a single utility (heat or electric)
  • A shut-off notice is not required however the bill must be past due. For propane and fuel oil customers the fuel tank must contain no more than 25% of its heating fuel capacity.
  • If enrolled in DTE’s LSP, Consumers Energy’s CARE or SEMCO’s MAP: not eligible for assistance with the utility in which you are enrolled.

Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines

150 Percent of Poverty – Monthly Income
$1507.50 $2030.00 $2552.50 $3075.00 $3597.50 $4120.00 $4642.50 $5165.00

For households greater than 8 add $522.50 for each additional member.

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Other energy resources:

The following websites are useful resources:

Alliance to Save Energy (for children and adults)

Home Energy Conservation for Kids

Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm

PATHWAYS for Bill Payment Assistance

Consumers Energy

DTE Energy

Department of Energy

Great Lakes Energy 

Michigan Public Service Commission

State of Michigan