Senior Support

Heat Assistance


Under certain circumstances we can help seniors with their heating bill. Limited financial assistance is available on a 1-time basis, to senior citizens who are unable to pay a utility bill which will affect their home heating. Funding for this program is limited, and submission of an application will not guarantee approval.

Emergency Assistance


Under certain circumstances we can help seniors with emergency bill situation. Limited financial assistance is available on a 1-time basis, to senior citizens who are unable to cover such emergencies as dental work, small home repairs or improvements for accessibility, emergency food assistance, glasses, or a security deposit to assure the senior does not go homeless. Funding for this program is limited, and submission of an application will not guarantee approval.

Eligibility Requirements


To enroll for Heating Assistance Services you must:
  • Be 60 years of age or older
  • Be a resident of Grand Traverse County
  • Have a past due, shut off, or no fill notice must have been received for heating assistance
  • Have income of 200% of poverty level or lower
  • Have no available assets
  • Receive a letter of denial from DHHS
  • Clients may be asked to partner with other non-profits to cover the need, in cases where the allowable amount on the Commission on Aging Policy is not enough to cover the emergency

Enrollment Steps


  1. Contact our office at 231-922-4688, or toll free at 877-686-4688 to see if you qualify or for more information.
  2. Please print and complete the Senior Emergency / Heating Assistance Application Form (PDF).
  3. Forward it, along with the required attachments to:
    Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging
    520 W Front Street
    Suite B
    Traverse City, MI 49684

Required Attachments


In addition to your completed Senior Heating Assistance Application Form, you will also need to provide us with copies of:
  • Proof of residency (official ID, driver's license or a copy of a utility bill addressed to you)
  • Proof of income (income tax return) for all members of your household
    • If you do not file income taxes please contact us at 231-922-4688