ATTENTION THAW CUSTOMERS:
We are now accepting applications for MEAP (Michigan Energy Assistance Program) for the 2023-2024 heating season.
We are still accepting applications for Water Assistance through our MiWATER Program.*
*If applying for MiWATER, please be sure to answer the Covid question on the FIRST PAGE of the application.
If you are interested in applying for MEAP, MiWATER, or other THAW Programs, please click below to begin your online application or call/text THAW at 1-800-866-8429.UTILITY ASSISTANCE
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
THAW Partners with State of Michigan to Lower Highland Park Utility Bills
In a historical deal brokered between the City of Highland Park and the Great Lakes Water Authority, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a partnership with The Heat and Warmth Fund on Tuesday, November 21st, 2023, to provide water bill assistance to Highland Park residents.
2023 Gift of Warmth Telethon
On November 28th, 2023, WDIV Local 4 and THAW are hosting their annual Gift of Warmth Telethon! Tune in to WDIV (Channel 4) from 5am to 7pm on Giving Tuesday to hear interviews with past THAW clients, information about THAW services, and more.
14th Annual Week of Warmth + Night of Warm Hearts
The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), in its 38th year of service, is again partnering with DTE Energy for the 2023 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 needs of thousands of low-income and vulnerable Michiganders who struggle to pay utility bills.