Faces of THAW
Recipients of THAW assistance include elderly, children, unemployed, underemployed and disabled individuals who find themselves in an energy crisis. More than 70% of the households we assist have a child or senior in the home. These populations can become particularly vulnerable during the cold seasons.Learn More
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The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) is stabilizing and empowering Michigan families, keeping them healthy, safe and warm.
THAW, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, distributes assistance to vulnerable Michigan residents through 39 agency partners and a series of annual mobile processing events. The number of households that need utility assistance continues to grow each year. Last year THAW distributed more than $7.6 million in utility assistance to nearly 10,000 Michigan households, and we could not have done that without your help.
Since its inception in 1985, THAW has distributed $216 million in assistance to over 306,000 Michigan households.
Across Michigan, 40% of households (1.54m) struggle to afford the basic needs of housing, including energy.
More than 55% of families THAW serves have a child, senior, or veteran in the household.
About 90% of every dollar goes to those in need.
News & Events
2022 WDIV Giving Tuesday Gift of Warmth Telethon
DTE Customer Resource Fair
Theme: DTE Customer Resource Fair (formally Customer Assistance Day) Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm About: DTE and THAW team members will be providing resource assistance for low-income and vulnerable residents across the area. The DTE Customer Resource Fair (formally Customer Assistance Days), will include Self-sufficiency workshops, taxpayer and utility bill support, as well as […]
13th Annual Week of Warmth + Night of Warm Hearts
The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), in its 37th year of service, is again partnering with DTE Energy for the 2022 Week of Warmth to kick off the Season of Need. The Week of Warmth is a series of activities and events designed to highlight the significant need of thousands of low-income and vulnerable Michiganders who struggle to pay utility bills.