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Total Health Care Foundation Bridging the Gap
Utility Assistance Program

Total Health Care Foundation Bridging the Gap Utility Assistance Fund helps City of Detroit families whose income is between 151-400% of the Federal Poverty Level with utility payments (Electric & Heat). Families experiencing economic, medical or other hardships that have resulted in the loss of household income and/or ability to pay their utility bills can also apply. This fund aims to reduce health inequities and household stress related to housing and utility costs in Michigan, ensuring families are safe and healthy in their homes.


You are eligible for support from this program if:

  • The applicant must be a City of Detroit Resident.
  • The applicant’s household income must be between 151 and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level guidelines. (See chart below.)
  • The utility account must be in the applicant’s name, or the applicant must live at the service address.
  • The utility account must be residential. Business or commercial accounts are not eligible.
  • Unauthorized usage charges will not be covered.
  • Each household is eligible for up to $1,500 in arrears and/or current bill assistance


The following documents must be submitted with the application.

  • Completed and signed THAW Bridging the Gap Energy Program Application.
  • Copy of valid driver’s license or photo ID for applicant/account holder. The ID address must match the service address.
  • Proof of income for the last 30 days, i.e., pension, pay stubs, SSI.
  • Copy of the utility bill(s) to be paid. If the total of the submitted bills exceeds $1,500, please indicate how much you want to be paid to each service provider.
THAW Application Portal

Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2022 Marketplace Enrollment

Household Size From 151% To 400%
1 $20,521 $54,360
2 $27,648 $73,240
3 $34,775 $92,120
4 $41,903 $111,000
5 $49,030 $129,880
6 $56,157 $148,760
7 $63,284 $167,640
8 $70,411 $186,520

To schedule an appointment with a specialist, please call 800-866-8429 or click here.