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Grants to provide heating assistance

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Michigan has found a way to help those who may be struggling to keep warm.

Many families cannot afford the high utility bills that are sure to follow after these extremely low temperatures.    

The Michigan Public Service Commission announced that 14 organizations have received more than 89-million dollars in grants to help low-income customers.
    
Locally those organizations include Consumers Energy to help with their energy assistance program, DHS and the Community Action Agency Association.

Those in need have to meet requirements first in order to get help with their utility bills.

To see if you qualify for help, you're encouraged to call 211.
    
You can also visit the Michigan Public Service Commission's "Winter Wise" website: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/bewinterwise_138994_7.htm.  There you will find information on how you can get help and tips to save energy this winter.

Another utility, trash service, is going to be delayed in the Kalamazoo area after this snow storm and deep freeze as well.
    
Waste Management, Republic Services and Best Way Disposal are all reporting delays in service.  They are each running behind by one to two days but hope to be back on schedule by next week.