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Sen. Barrett highlights home heating help

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Tom Barrett is reminding mid-Michigan families that home heating assistance may be available for those struggling to cover high winter utility bills.

“As winter rages on, I want to remind area families struggling with home heating bills that help may be available,” said Barrett, R-Charlotte. “There are state and nonprofit assistance programs available for residents who are worried about how they are going to afford to keep the heat on and still make ends meet.”

The Home Heating Credit is offered to low-income households to apply toward heating costs. For information on the credit, as well as the State Emergency Relief Program and the Weatherization Assistance Program, visit

More details about the Home Heating Credit are available in the Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide, which residents can download at

“Although residents apply for the Home Heating Credit using a state tax form, you do not need to file a state income tax return to receive the credit,” Barrett said. “For help with future costs, the Weatherization Assistance Program can help homeowners reduce energy usage and — as a result — cut their energy bills.”

The Heat And Warmth Fund (THAW) is a leading provider of utility assistance for Michigan residents in need. For more information on the nonprofit fund, visit

“If you are unable to pay your heating bills, please contact your utility company ASAP and explain the situation. They may have programs that can help,” Barrett said.