Help When You Need It Most.

TrueNorth Community Services' emPower heat and energy program assists people struggling to afford their utility and deliverable fuels bills in Michigan, helping them to become self-sufficient.

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“You made my day.
I've been so stressed about this!”

Grand Rapids, Michigan

“I don't know what I would do
without you guys.”

Westland, Michigan

“Because my husband is in line
for a kidney transplant and I take care
of him, all our bills got behind.
I didn’t know agencies existed like you.”

Alanson, Michigan

“You have no idea how much this helps!
This is life changing!”

Fowlerville, Michigan

“Oh my gosh!
You don't know how badly I needed this.”

Chippewa, Michigan

“I'm going to cry. You did a miracle!”

Hillsdale, Michigan

“It's truly a blessing for my family.”

Belding, Michigan

“I can’t even begin to tell you all how grateful and appreciative that I am that you all are able to help me during our time in need. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

Benzonia, Michigan

“I so appreciate what you have done. Your assistance has allowed me to move into my residence and is a great Mother's Day gift.”

Fremont, Michigan

“This has been a blessing for me and my family. You guys are amazing.”

Newaygo, Michigan

“Your agency is a blessing. ...
So thankful for the resources you offer.”

Lansing, Michigan

“Thank you for helping our family this year
with our electric bill balance.
We worked hard at lowering usage
and will be on a budget plan.”

Madison Heights, Michigan

For 2020-2021, emPower™ provided 5,736 households with direct assistance payments. We also enrolled 6,184 households into Consumers Energy’s CARE Program, DTE Energy’s LSP Program, SEMCO Energy’s MAP program, UPPCO’s EASE Program and Great Lakes Energy’s Pathway Program.

emPowerserved households in all 83 Michigan counties in 2020-2021. More than $9 million in direct-assistance payments were made through emPower to 206 utility and energy providers in Michigan.

emPower is currently accepting applications to assist with one-time help on past-due heat and energy bills. We are also enrolling into affordable payment plans. Please complete the application for our Self-Sufficiency Services.

emPower works with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to provide self-sufficiency services and assist with past-due heat and energy bills for the 2021-2022 grant year. You can also find heat and energy assistance through Michigan 2-1-1 by calling 211 or visiting; or by visiting Michigan Propane Gas Association's website at

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reminds Michigan residents they can apply for emergency energy assistance online at or with paper applications available at MDHHS offices for the 2021-2022 grant year. Online help is available from navigators at MDHHS offices and private agencies like emPower that assist with energy aid. Assistance is available through State Emergency Relief (SER) and the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP).