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More emergency heating assistance dollars in Michigan this spring

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Additional state funding has become available in Michigan to assist in heating costs for lower income propane customers.  State Senator Bruce Caswell has announced $4-million in extra money has been approved because of the unprecedented increase in propane prices this winter.

Caswell says the changes in the home heating assistance program will temporarily  increase the income limit for those applying for assistance to pay for their propane from 150% of the federal poverty level to roughly 200% of the poverty level. For example, for a single person household, the allowed income level has been hiked to $22,886, up from $17,235. For a two person household, it changes to $29,928, an increase from the previous level of $23,265. Caswell says applicants that qualify can seek retroactive reimbursement for a portion of the propane purchases between January First of this year and the end of this month on March 31st

Interested citizens should contact their local Community Action Agency for assistance and they need to provide proof of income and receipts for their propane purchases.  In Coldwater, the Community Action office is located at 285 North Michigan Avenue where the phone number is 279-7043.