Help available for residents in need of electrical, heat aid

Although the economy seems to be moving along well on a national and even state level, a great many people right here in Superiorland find themselves in diminished or challenged circumstances, many severe enough that they may not be able to keep the lights on or heat going this winter.

There are a pair of popular programs administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, highlighted in a recent Mining Journal story, that we’d like to underscore for readers in this space.

The Journal story stated that assistance to low-income households is available through State Emergency Relief and the Michigan Energy Assistance Program, or MEAP.

≤ State Emergency Relief is for immediate assistance to someone facing conditions of extreme hardship or emergencies threatening health and safety. This emergency support is designed to help low-income households that are normally able to make ends meet, but occasionally need help when an unexpected situation arises — and is available to pay for utilities only when a shutoff has occurred or there is a threat of a shutoff.

≤ MEAP, meanwhile, is a preventive program designed to provide energy assistance to low-income households so that they can reach energy self-sufficiency.

Have questions? Visit www.michigan.gov/mdhhs and click on “Assistance Programs” and then “Emergency Relief: Home, Utilities & Burial.” Or contact the local MDHHS office for information.

The Marquette County MDHHS office’s phone number is 906-228-3393. It is located in the Marquette County Courthouse Annex, at 234 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette 49855