St. Vincent de Paul – Detroit was awarded a $1M donation by DTE Energy to improve access to sustainable energy assistance services. This restricted donation can be leveraged against MEAP funds to provide additional money and flexibility for households above and beyond MEAP caps in order to achieve the following objectives:
- Increase the number of neighbors eligible for utility assistance,
- Increase the amount of utility assistance available for households,
- Increase the number of households qualifying for the Low-income Self-sufficiency Program (LSP), which has been proven as DTE’s most effective product at helping low-income households be protected from shut-off, pay down arrears, and manage consumption, and
- Support of special DTE initiatives aimed at providing utility assistance.
Details on how this donation will impact screening households for potential assistance will be forthcoming. We are very grateful to have been selected for this generous donation, and are thankful to now be able to be more adaptable to some of the unique circumstances that may have prevented us from providing assistance in the past.
This donation will be effective September of 2020 and will be available through 2022, or until funds are exhausted.
Other EAP Updates
The MEAP cap has been increased to $3,000. The moratorium on utility shut-offs has been lifted, and our neighbors are no longer protected from shut-off due to non-payment. Any customer who has a date-valid SER (or paid SER) for the existing grant year are now eligible for up to $3,000 through September 30, 2020. New applicants without a current year SER must still apply through MDHHS first to access these funds.