Unaffordable energy bills make quality housing unattainable and force families to make unhealthy and dangerous budget trade-offs.
Home heating assistance helps struggling families avoid the health impacts of energy insecurity that make it difficult to become self-sufficient.
Race, Ethnicity, Income and Household Type Matter
Compared to White households, the home energy burden is 24% greater for Latino households and 64% greater for African-American households.** Renters face an energy burden that’s 21% higher than that of homeowners.**
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides funding that local Community Action Agencies, nonprofit organizations and the state government distribute to struggling families for winter heating crises, weatherization and utility bill assistance. Nearly 455,000 Michigan households in budget year 2016 were served by LIHEAP.