Weatherization and Other Resources Available to Veterans This Winter
Low-income families also reminded of Sept. 30 tax credit deadline
LANSING, Mich. – Those who faced higher than expected heating costs last winter have until Sept. 30 to apply for a tax credit to help pay those utility bills.
The Michigan Home Heating Credit is available to qualified homeowners and renters in the state through the Michigan Public Service Commission. Applying for the credit can be done online by filling out the MI-1040CR-7 form available at Michigan.gov/taxes or by calling 517-636-4486. Paper copies of the application can also be found where income tax forms are available, including local Secretary of State offices.
The Home Heating Credit is awarded based on the number of residents in a household, income and heating costs incurred during 2014. More information can be found at Michigan.gov/documents/mpsc/home_heating_credit_361574_7.pdf?20150821141703.
For veterans and their families experiencing high winter energy bills or other hardships in the coming months, there may be additional resources available. Call the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center at 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) for more information about emergency financial assistance.
“The winter months can be long and hard for those living paycheck-to-paycheck, but financial assistance is available through both the Home Heating Credit and the MVRSC,” MVAA Director Jeff Barnes said. “The last few winters have been especially harsh, and these programs go a long way in helping Michigan veterans stay on their feet financially.”
Veterans are also encouraged to weatherize and insulate their homes prior to winter, which can save money and heating costs. Installing door sweeps or weatherstripping, applying caulk around the edges of windows and checking foundations for any cracks or holes are just a few ways to lower energy bills this winter.
State and county agencies and local organizations also offer veterans and their families a number of resources to help pay utility bills and provide food and housing assistance. To learn more about these resources, contact MVAA by phone at 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) or online at MichiganVeterans.com.
About the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: MVAA serves as the central coordinating point for Michigan veterans, connecting those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, to services and benefits throughout the state. Learn more at MichiganVeterans.com or call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).
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