What is Michigan HEAP/LIHEAP? – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. HEAP program was started in 1981 and is funded by federal government. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a heating equipment repair and/or replacement benefit for homeowners with inoperable heating equipment.
HEAP may help you pay for Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal, or any other heating fuel.
Do You Qualify for HEAP Michigan?
To qualify for Michigan HEAP, you must be enrolled in a qualifying social service program (see below):
- Must be a resident of the state of Michigan
- Must need financial assistance for home energy costs
- You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamp) benefits or
- You receive Temporary Assistance or
- You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone)
- OR your income must be below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Applications for regular HEAP benefits will be accepted beginning around November of the year.
How to apply for Michigan HEAP
Review the Home Heating Credit Claim Instruction Book for more details and complete the MI-1040CR-7 Claim Form to apply. Current year forms are available on the Treasury website.
Forms are automatically mailed to households that received a credit last year. Applications are available from mid- to late January and may be made through September 30 of each year.
Michigan also provides Weatherization Assistance Program (Michigan WAP) service for those who qualify.
Contact Information on Michigan HEAP:
LIHEAP/SER and Medicaid Policies
235 S. Grand Ave
Lansing, Michigan 48909
TEL: (517) 335-0006
FAX: (517) 335-7771
WEB SITE: www.michigan.gov/heatingassistance
PUBLIC INQUIRIES: 1-800-292-5650