With no end in sight to the economic downturn in our nation’s economy, many Michigan residents are unsure how they will afford the increased cost of maintaining heat and energy during the upcoming winter months. Thanks to the Northwest Michigan Rural Service Partnership (NMRSP) area low-income households will have access to additional financial assistance this cold-weather season.
This unique, multi-county partnership will assist eligible residents living in the counties of Benzie, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Wexford. The $2.5 million of funds were awarded by the Michigan Public Service Commission to TrueNorth Community Services (TrueNorth), a Newaygo County based private nonprofit agency, who serves as the project coordinator. The funding was made available through the Vulnerable Household Warmth Fund. NMRSP funds are distributed to the counties based on economic need and utilized to serve area residents who are ineligible for state assistance or cannot be assisted within the time frame necessary to avert a crisis.