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Heart of West Michigan United Way

Heart of West Michigan United Way, 118 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

The Salvation Army: Kent County

The Salvation Army: Kent County provides energy assistance for electric, natural gas, and deliverable fuel may be available for households that have a past-due notice, are facing shut off, or are already disconnected. Households do not need to apply at DHS before seeking assistance from The Salvation Army.

United Way – 211

United Way – 211 connects people to more than 2,900 services in Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Osceloa and Oceana Counties including food, shelter, utility assistance, disaster recovery, childcare, transportation, and more.

DTE Energy Payment Assistance Programs

DTE Energy Payment Assistance Programs can help if you are having trouble paying energy bills. Please use this guide to learn more about the programs that can help you.

Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund

Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund, established to mitigate hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic by providing funds to prevent homeowner mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosure, loss of utilities or home energy services and displacements of homeowners experiencing financial hardship after January 21, 2020.

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program has expanded and renamed the Affordable Connectivity Program. Remind your students that the program provides eligible low-income households, especially households with students, with access to broadband service at an affordable rate. Students who received a Pell Grant are one category of people who are eligible for the subsidy. Eligible households can receive a benefit of up to $30 off their monthly internet bill (or up to $75 per month if the household resides on qualifying Tribal lands). Students can now apply for this monthly discount or receive a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. 

Find additional resources

Please consider some of the other options available to you on the GetHelp webpage as well as various options near you. The Find Help site can help you find resources and other free or reduced cost programs depending on your need.