Assistance Programs


THAW has multiple utility assistance programs available. Please see the choices below for one that best meets your needs.

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MEAP Affordable Payment Plans & One Time Payment Assistance: CE CARE, DTE LSP, SEMCO MAP, UPPCO EASE, One Time Payment Assistance

  • Freezes your past due balance
  • Balance is paid off over time
  • Discounted monthly payments
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State Emergency Relief (SER)

  • Apply for State Emergency Relief (SER)
  • Apply Online at
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For additional information you contact your utility provider or United Way 2-1-1 to ask about other resources that may be available. To help you use less energy and reduce your energy costs, use these 30 low-cost, no-cost tips around your house this winter.

DTE Energy – Payment Assistance Resources
Consumers Energy CARE – Payment Assistance Resource Page at United Way Jackson County
SEMCO Energy – Payment Assistance Resource Page
United Way 2-1-1
Detroit Water and Sewerage Department – Customer Service

THAW works in partnership with agencies across the state of Michigan to distribute utility assistance. THAW programs are open to income-eligible Michigan residents. Prior to seeking THAW assistance, we encourage you to contact your utility provider to see what options may be available to you.
  • DTE Energy – 1-800-477-4747
  • SEMCO Energy – 1-800-624-2019
  • Detroit Water & Sewerage Department – 1-313-267-8000
  • Consumers Energy – 1-800-477-5050
  • Michigan Gas Utilities – 1-800-401-6402