Before the temperatures really start to drop, I want to remind you about Michigans Home Heating Credit.

While it may not officially be fall yet, many folks are already turning on furnaces to keep their homes warm overnight. Before the temperatures really start to drop, I want to remind you about Michigan’s Home Heating Credit.

Federally funded through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Home Heating Credit is designed to help low-income Michigan families with the cost of heating their homes.

Residents who qualify for vital assistance only have until Friday, Sept. 30 to apply.

According to the Michigan Public Service Commission, eligible individuals must maintain their homestead in Michigan, must own or rent the home in which they live, and for the standard allowance, their income must fall with certain limits.

For example, a single person must have an annual income of $11,929 or less to qualify. The income limit increases $4,114 for each additional exemption. Special exemptions are available for individuals who are deaf, blind, disabled or over the age of 65.

For the application form, visit the Michigan Department of Treasury website at: www.michigan.gov/taxes, or call (517) 636-4486.

Additional information is available at the Energy Assistance Programs website at: http://www.michigan.gov/heatingassistance.

No one should go cold. If your finances are tight this year and you qualify for this vital assistance, I strongly encourage you to apply before the Sept. 30 deadline.

Sen. Joe Hune represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.