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Getting Help With Utility Bills

How do we get help with paying our utility bills? My family and I don't have power in our house. We don't know what to do.

By Jennifer from Birch Run, MI

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December 9, 20100 found this helpful

Contact your local County Assistance Office (it may be called something else in Michigan, but that's what it is here in PA.. it could also be Department of Public Welfare) They should be able to help you with the LIHEAP program if you qualify. Otherwise, do you have a Community Action Agency in your area?

Other places to look for help could be Red Cross, Salvation Army or Churches. Sometimes they are able to help families in need.
Best of luck!

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December 9, 20100 found this helpful

www.saginawcac.org/

Saginaw County Community Action Committee, Inc.
2824 Perkins Street
Saginaw, MI 48601

Phone (989) 753-7741 Fax (989) 753-2439
Hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM Mon - Fri

If they can't help directly, they'll probably know what you need to do to get emergency assistance.

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It is so cold right now. If you don't get the heat on soon, be sure to winterize your pipes so you don't have a plumber's bill to add to your woes. During the day, maybe you can hang out at the library (my elderly mother's suggestion) and/or at the outlet mall in the food court, at least for a while.

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December 9, 20100 found this helpful

In many communities (such as L.A., for ex.) they have low-income assistance programs for heat/power. Check with your utility co.

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December 10, 20100 found this helpful

I've volunteered for a national charity called Love,INC. They have offices in every state. Here's the link. Call one near you and they will be happy to help! www.loveinc.org/.../

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December 10, 20100 found this helpful

Here in Oregon we have an energy assistance program through the electric company so you may have that too.

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December 12, 20100 found this helpful

But you're using a computer? Hhhmmm.

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December 13, 20100 found this helpful

I believe the 2-1-1 Info & Referral service is nationwide. They'll have the list of who can and will help with your utility bills.

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