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The Heat and Warmth Fund

The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), provides emergency utility assistance to low-income families across the state of Michigan. The 2010 census estimated Michigan’s total population at 10,002,000 people; THAW is reporting that 1,540,000 Michigan residents struggle to meet basic needs, including energy.  Since it was established in 1985, THAW is reporting distributions of more than $160M in utility assistance to greater than 223,000 households across the state.


Brightmoor Utility Assistance and Efficiency Program: A family’s inability to fund basic utilities like water and heat threaten caregivers’ ability to provide the safe home environment, essential for children to be healthy, happy, and perform well in school. THAW’s utility assistance programs combine support for utility expenses and energy efficiency education, providing a well-rounded approach that builds stability and self-sufficiency within families. This grant supports low-income Brightmoor families by providing assistance with energy education and payment of utility bills.