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Federal funds of nearly $39 million to supplement Michigan heating assistance

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Almost $39 million of federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds have been granted to the state of Michigan to aid residents with their energy bills and bolster the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP).

With the addition, MEAP’s total funds have reached nearly $90 million. Specifically, the federal funds will be dispersed between eight service agencies throughout the state. Barry County United Way, Flat River Outreach Ministries, Inc., the Michigan Community Action Agency Association, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of the Archdiocese of Detroit, the Superior Watershed Partnership, the Heat and Warmth Fund, the Salvation Army, and TrueNorth Community Services will all benefit. The highest distribution will see $11.6 million given to TrueNorth’s efforts, while the lowest will be set at $50,000 for Flat River.