Most people know about THAW because of the work we do to keep Michigan families warm, but our work goes beyond that. THAW’s mission is to stabilize and empower Michigan families, keeping them healthy, safe, and warm. That includes access to electricity and clean running water.
THAW helps children, seniors, the unemployed, underemployed, veterans, and disabled individuals in energy crises. More than 70% of the households we assist have a child or senior in the home. These populations are especially vulnerable to extreme weather conditions and may often need medical equipment that requires electricity. They also need water for medication, cooking, and bathing.
Water is a fundamental and essential human need. Access to clean running water is critical for survival and to remain healthy as they continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Summer water usage may increase due to rising temperatures and bathing needs. Water usage is critical for health, comfort, safety, and disease prevention.
THAW currently helps with water bills for Detroit residents enrolled in the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation Utility Assistance Program which supports families working, residing, and with children in the 48219 and 48223 zip codes and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). THAW is also a partner for the Covid Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program through Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency. CERA supports water bills as well as other utilities. Specific eligibility requirements are in place for each program.
If you or someone you know needs help with their utility bills, including water, heat, and electricity, please encourage them to call 800–866–8429 or visit thawfund.org/programs.
If you would like to help a family struggling with water, electricity, or gas, please support THAW today. Your donation helps vulnerable Michigan residents live healthier, safer, more fulfilled lives.
Enjoy these beautiful warm weather days.
Chief Executive Officer
The Heat and Warmth Fund