Vulnerable Household Warmth Fund
Public Act 274 of 2011 authorized the creation of the Vulnerable Household Warmth Fund (VHWF) within the State Treasury to be administered by the Michigan Public Service Commission (Commission). The purpose of the VHWF is to provide payment or partial payment of bills for electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, or any other type of fuel used to heat the primary residence of a vulnerable customer during the 2011-2012 heating season. The Act sets forth provisions for distributing money from the VHWF and provides guidelines for determining the eligibility of vulnerable customers.
Public Act 275 of 2011 authorized a one-time appropriation of $23,000,000 to the VHWF and directed the Commission to award grants to all entities except the Department of Human Services, on a pro rata basis consistent with the Commission's June 28, 2011 order awarding low-income energy assistance grants in Case No. U-13129. The Department of Human Services also received a one-time appropriation of $35,000,000 for state emergency relief energy services to fund grants as provided in Public Act 274.