Expand the Michigan Energy Assistance Program

Published on September 20, 2023


Each month, energy assistance ranks in the top three requested needs among people calling 2-1-1 for help, along with housing and food. Those seeking support have long relied on the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP), which provides utility payment support to struggling low-income households. Unfortunately, many of those in need are not eligible for assistance because they earn too much to qualify, yet not enough to live above the ALICE survivability threshold — the minimum amount necessary to consistently cover the cost of a household’s basic monthly budget. Now is the time for the legislature to help more working Michiganders by expanding MEAP eligibility.

We’re asking the Michigan legislature to pass Senate Bill 353, which would increase the MEAP eligibility threshold, expanding this vital support to more families and taking a major step toward ensuring all households in our community are able to meet their needs.

As cold winter months approach, households across Michigan are counting on access to utility assistance. Join us in urging the legislature to pass Senate Bill 353 today!

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