Utility Bill Assistance

MDHHS

Utility Payment Assistance

  • Contact 2-1-1 on any phone, or click on Mi211.org

    OR

  • Apply online at MI Bridges (State Emergency Relief Program, or SER) or call your local Department of Health and Human Services office. SER helps pay part of your heating or electric bills, or to have service restored.
  • For additional bill payment assistance and self-sufficiency (Michigan Energy Assistance Program or MEAP), you must enroll into SER (MI Bridges) first to receive MEAP assistance. A MEAP list is here.

COVID Emergency
Rental Assistance (CERA)

If you need assistance with your rental payments, apply for financial assistance here. Funds are available to both tenants and landlords.

CERA also provides utility payment assistance: electricity, home heating (propane, natural gas and other home heating fuels), water, sewer and trash (if billed along with another utility). You can also get help with Internet payments.

A renter (tenant) or landlord can initiate the application process. 

Who is Eligible?
  • Individual(s) in the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or has experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the coronavirus outbreak; and

  • Individual(s) in the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability evidenced by a past due utility or rent notice.

Home Heating
Resources by County

Click your region to find agencies to assist you in paying your natural gas, propane, fuel oil
or electricity heating bill.

Home Heating
Resources by County

Click your region to find agencies to assist you in paying your natural gas, propane, fuel oil
or electricity heating bill.