Four thousand applications are being accepted by the United Way of Jackson County, the fiduciary of a utility assistance program from Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Affordable Resource for Energy (CARE) program seeks to help those who qualify gain assistance paying their utility costs. The United Way of Jackson County is managing a portion of the enrollment and processing of statewide applications.

UW Jackson County CEO Ken Toll tells WBCK there are some circumstances an applicant will need to meet. Households eligible for the CARE program must meet these criteria:

  • The Consumers Energy account holder or his/her spouse must be the person who applies.
  • Income equal or less than 150 percent of Federal Poverty Level guidelines.
  • All applicants must have a Consumers Energy account that is past due and an outstanding balance less than $2,000

According to a news release, to apply, one can call (844) 220-6098, email CAREprogram@uwjackson.org or go to www.uwjackson.org/care-program where you can print your application today.

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