After a week spent trying to serve as many families as possible with deliverable fuel assistance funding that was to be reclaimed, Community Action Agencies were alerted on Monday that the funding would not be removed.
The news came with a huge sigh of relief as Mid Michigan Community Action would have lost over $500,000 in funding to serve up to 1,000 families across Bay, Clare, Gladwin and Midland Counties.
The decision was made to reinstate funds to Community Action Agencies after additional LIHEAP funds were provided to the State—funds that will help cover shortfalls within the Department of Human Services.
“We are very pleased with the state’s decision to reinstate the deliverable fuel funding, Jill Sutton, Mid Michigan CAA Executive Director, said. “The need for help is so high in our communities—the loss of this funding would have been devastating.”
Over the past week, Mid Michigan CAA staff have been working tirelessly to see as many customers as possible before the funding was scheduled to end. Appointments were booked through the end of February—staff were able to meet with most of those families. Staff logged over 65 additional hours to accommodate the increased case load.
Overall, 245 families received deliverable fuel assistance totaling $155,666 during the last week—21 ($14,290) in Bay County, 95 ($59,534) in Clare County, 78 (50,688) in Gladwin County and 51 ($31,154) in Midland County.
In addition to meeting with the families, agency staff worked diligently with area deliverable fuel vendors, most of who responded very positively.
“It is a testament to the dedication of our staff that we were able to serve so many in such a short timeframe, Sutton said. “We would not have been able to do it without the outstanding cooperation of many area fuel vendors who made special deliveries—including weekends.”
Mid Michigan Community Action Agency is a non-profit, human services agency serving Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Mecosta, Midland and Osceola Counties since 1966.