February 2013: Keep Michigan Warm Month

WHEREAS, heat is not a luxury, but a necessity during Michigan's cold winter months, and no one should ever have to choose between heating their home and feeding their family; and,


WHEREAS, the number of households facing unaffordable burdens for energy is staggering, with thousands of Michigan households paying more than half of their annual income for home energy bills; and,


WHEREAS, while the Michigan Legislature has created the one-time Vulnerable Household Warmth Fund, it is important to remember a permanent solution for funding has yet to be developed; and,


WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of the growing and critical need for home heating assistance in Michigan; we encourage citizens throughout the state to help keep all Michiganders warm by showing support for the various organizations and agencies that provide services and assistance to those without adequate heating;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim February 2013 as Keep Michigan Warm Month.