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Posted on Sat, Sep 1, 2012 : 2:17 p.m.

Low-income residents in Michigan have until Sept. 30 to apply for home heating credits

By Ryan J. Stanton

Low-income residents in Michigan still have one more month to apply for a home heating credit to help assist with upcoming winter energy bills.

Applicants must fill out the credit form by Sept. 30. The credits are funded by the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and processed by the state.

State Rep. Mark Ouimet, R-Scio Township, issued a reminder about the upcoming deadline to apply.

"Home heating bills tend to fluctuate every year and can especially affect people living on fixed incomes, such as senior citizens," he said. "I encourage people who think they may qualify to learn more about the program and get their applications in as soon as possible."

Eligible customers must have their homestead in Michigan, must own or rent the home in which they live, and for the standard allowance, their income must fall within certain limits.

Special exemptions are available for residents who are deaf or blind, have a disability or are age 65 or older. The credits are processed by the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Residents can get the 1040CR-7 form at or by calling 517-636-4486. Ouimet said people also can contact his office at 855-627-5052 or

Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for Reach him at or 734-623-2529. You also can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.


Low income utilities

Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 9:48 p.m.

Keep in mind that due to deregulation in many states, there are several other options to get basic utility services, connection services and TV services-

Dog Guy

Sun, Sep 2, 2012 : 2:32 a.m.

It is shameful that needs to publish this information. Beginning in middle school, the public school systems should make available classes in welfare economics: where to get forms and how to fill them out and keeping track of deadlines and how to qualify as disabled and how to pull the party lever et cet. Schools should prepare students for real life.


Sat, Sep 1, 2012 : 11:42 p.m.

Hard to find the income levels at,1607,7-215-33210-104168--,00.html#6 The form is here


Sat, Sep 1, 2012 : 10:12 p.m. link is bad. What is the income threshold?


Sat, Sep 1, 2012 : 9:37 p.m.

If this economy keeps up I may would be nice to have others pay my bills instead of trying so hard.


Mon, Sep 3, 2012 : 8:36 p.m.

sh1 - ther are a lot of able bodied people receiveing assistance aND IT IS MORE ECONOMICALLY FEASABLE FOR THEM TO STAY ON IT. The people you listed do need our help but many do not and agme the system while the country goes over the economic cliff................then nobody will get assistance. How's that gonna feel to your generous with other peoples money attitude?


Sun, Sep 2, 2012 : 2:27 p.m.

That's right! Let the deaf, blind, elderly, and poor fend for themselves!