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Housing & Utility Assistance

The Salvation Army provides housing and utility assistance to those in need, to help change stories from loss to hope and victory

Utility & Rental Assistance

We're committed to providing assistance with utility, energy, and rental issues in Shiawassee county

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At The Salvation Army of Owosso, we provide:

Utility Assistance

Guidelines for utility assistance:

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The Salvation Army’s Energy Assistance Services (EAS) seeks to walk alongside low-income households to address energy crises.  In this process an applicant may be offered bill payment assistance, energy company subsidy program enrollment, and case management services.  The goal of these services is to support household financial stability and support the customer in achieving goals they have set for themselves.  In most situations, an EAS Case Specialist will meet with an applicant one on one to determine eligibility and to assess the need or opportunity for additional supports.

Funding for EAS is provided by a grant from the State of Michigan, partnerships with Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, and Michigan Gas Utilities as well as donations from individuals and other corporations.

How It Works

Each household that requests utility assistance is given a one-on-one interview conducted by our social services staff. During the interview, individual strengths and needs are identified, including the need for utility assistance. Also at this time, past and current use of community resources are explored and household income and expenses are reviewed. This dialogue leads to the development of a service plan to guide the provision of utility assistance. In all cases, eligibility for services is individually determined by our social services staff, based on the comprehensive assessment. Social services staff members then work directly with the utility companies to assist the household financially and to avoid shut off.

STEP ONE = APPLY ONLINE TO MICHIGAN BRIDGES FOR STATE EMERGENCY RELIEF

APPLY ONLINE TO MICHIGAN

 

STEP TWO (IF APPROVAL RECEIVED IN STEP ONE) = APPLY ONLINE TO SALVATION ARMY FOR ENERGY ASSISTANCE
MICHIGAN RESIDENTS ONLY

APPLY ONLINE TO THE SALVATION ARMY

Once your STEP TWO application is submitted, you will receive a phone call within 1-2 business days. If you need immediate assistance, please call the location listed below nearest you.

The following documents are needed for energy assistance appointments to apply online or in person:

One form of ID for the applicant such as:

Driver's license, State ID, Passport or green card, birth certificate

Social Security Numbers for household members

Proof of most recent household income for the past 45 days

Most recent Bank Statement 

Most recent copy of bill

 

ALTERNATE STEP TWO: FOR MICHIGAN GAS UTILITY COMPANY CUSTOMERS ONLY

APPLY ONLINE MICHIGAN GAS UTILITY COMPANY CUSTOMERS ONLY

The Share the Warmth Fund is provided by Michigan Gas Utility for its customers. Must be a customer of Michigan Gas Utility to use this form. Thank you!

If you need energy assistance outside of Location hours please contact United Way 2-1-1 at 1-800-887-1107 or https://www.211.org/

 

Rental Assistance

Guidelines for rental assistance:

-Photo ID, Landlord approval, and copy of lease and invoice

-Please be aware our funding is limited for rental assistance

 

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