Help When You Need It Most.

emPower is not currently accepting applications to assist with one-time help on past-due heat and energy bills. However, we are still enrolling in affordable payment plans for Consumers Energy and DTE. We are accepting applications for our Self-Sufficiency Services. Apply for Self-Sufficiency Services here.

Other options

You can also find heat and energy assistance through Michigan 211 by calling 2-1-1 or visiting their website or by visiting Michigan Propane Gas Association’s website.

MI Bridges

MI Bridges connects Michigan individuals and families to a range of state and local resources, particularly Michigan Department of Health and Human Services benefit programs, to promote household stability.

You can apply for emergency energy assistance through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services either online through the MI Bridges portal at or with a completed paper application accompanied by supporting documentation and dropped off at your local MDHHS office.

Assistance is available through State Emergency Relief and the Michigan Energy Assistance Program.

The application can be submitted:

If you need technical assistance with the MI Bridges portal, call 844.799.9876.

You can print out an MDHHS Assistance Application (all 20 pages) below.

You can find MDHHS office locations near you by calling 855.275.6424.

Get more instruction on applying for benefits, managing your case and exploring resources through MI Bridges by watching the video below.

Get more information on applying for assistance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) with the Information Booklet below.