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Michigan’s DTE Energy to Donate $10M to Assist Low-Income Families with Utilities

November 30, 2018 – Michigan’s DTE Energy has announced that they will be donating $10 million to assist low-income Michigan families in staying warm and safe during the cold winter months. The $10 million will be donated to and administered by four of Michigan’s outreach agencies: The Heat and Warmth Fund, the Salvation Army, United Way for Southwestern Michigan and TrueNorth.

The assistance can be used to help low-income families pay for their utility bills, both past and current bills. The funds can also be used to help place low-income families on DTE’s Low-Income Self Sufficiency Plan (LSP). LSP provides families in need with monthly payments based on income and energy usage.

“Lower temperatures are already upon us, so we have a great sense of urgency to assist Michigan’s most vulnerable. DTE’s $10 million donation will empower our agency partners to help our customers in need stay warm and safe not just for the holidays but year-round," said Mark Stiers, president and chief operating officer of DTE Gas, DTE Energy. “We'd like to see that every customer eligible for energy assistance is able to receive assistance."

"We are most grateful for our DTE partnership that ensures energy assistance supports are available to those in need across southeast Michigan year after year,” said Darienne Driver, president and CEO of United Way for Southwestern Michigan.

To learn more about DTE Energy, visit the DTE Energy Website.

Source: DTE Energy Press Release

To learn more about assistance programs in your area, visit the LIHEAP Clearinghouse website and view the State Low-Income Energy Assistance Snapshot for your state.