DTE Energy, an energy company based in Detroit, has donated $10 million to Michigan outreach agencies that provide warmth and shelter for low-income state residents.
The donation, which will be administered by the Salvation Army, The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, will help elderly, unemployed, underemployed and disabled DTE customers with limited resources to pay their energy bills. It will also enroll nearly 3,600 customers per year in DTE's Low-Income, Self-Sufficiency Plan (LSP) payment program for the next four years.
The LSP program gives customers more affordable monthly payments based on income and energy usage. More than 40,000 residents were enrolled in LSP during the 2016-17 program year, and more are expected this year. The program runs until October 2018 and eligible individuals may enroll until Spring 2018.