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Emergency Utility Assistance Programs

Emergency Utility Assistance Programs

Get emergency help to pay your electric, light, natural gas, rent, and other utilities

Across the Midwest, hundreds of residents have their utilities shut off every month because they need help paying bills.

The Salvation Army knows that sometimes life throws you a curve ball. Job loss, disaster, a medical issue or another crisis can really knock you off your feet—even if only for a moment. Before you know it, you’re behind on your rent or utilities, or you can’t buy food or clothes for your family. But The Salvation Army is here for you. We help you secure necessities to stay in your home and move past the initial crisis.

By providing a variety of services to help families and individuals weather the storm, whether it be financial emergency, shut-off notices or through a multitude of other hardships, every year we serve millions of individuals across the United States.

Throughout the Midwest The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance for those who need help with:

Rent / Mortgage

Light / Electric Bills

Gas Bills

Water Bills

Medicine / Food / Clothing


A local Salvation Army unit can help you apply for the emergency utility assistance you need

Find a local Salvation Army unit

Some of these utility assistance programs are offered directly from The Salvation Army. In addition to our programs, we can assist low-income families in finding helpful programs provided by utility companies in the Midwest:


The HeatShare program provides emergency utility assistance for people with no place left to turn. Heatshare funds are typically used to pay for natural gas, oil, propane, wood, electricity and emergency furnace repairs

HeatShare is offered at most Salvation Army operation centers in Minnesota and North Dakota.

HeatShare in MN HeatShare in SD
People Care by Consumers Energy

Since 1983, donations from Consumers Energy, its customers and employees have allowed The Salvation Army to help more than 375,000 Michigan households with assistance, ranging from food to transportation to medical needs. The Salvation Army caseworkers also distribute PeopleCare bill credits to Consumers Energy’s low-income gas and electric customers. This program primarily serves individuals and families in Michigan.

Learn more about People Care
Energy Assistance Service (EAS)

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. These services are designed to support household financial stability and help 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.

This program serves Michigan residents only.

Energy Assistance Service page
Evergy – Economic Relief Pilot Program

To qualify, the applicant must reside in Missouri, live in a home and be the person responsible for paying the bill. The family’s gross income may not exceed 200% of the federal poverty guideline. The applicant must be current on their bill, or have a payment arrangement on their KCP&L account. Funding is limited and distributed on a first come, first served basis. Approved applicants may receive up to $65 toward thier electric bill for up to 12 months.

There are many similar programs for individuals and families in Kansas and Western Missouri: Atmos Energy Sharing the Warmth Program, Black Hills Cares, Midwest Customers Care and Kansas Gas Service's Share the Warmth program.

Learn more and apply for these programs
Nicor "Sharing" Program

The Nicor "Sharing" Program assists eligible families, those who are disabled, and veterans and provides crisis assistance to Nicor residential heating customers. The program is funded through donations of Nicor customers and employees, and is available to customers once each year. This program primarily serves individuals and families in metropolitan Chicago.

Learn about utility assistance in Chicagoland