DTE Energy and SEMCO Energy Gas Company are sharing in $89 million in grant money to be split among 14 companies. DTE was awarded $16 Million and is expected to assist 20,000 households. Eligible customers will receive a fixed payment each month, arrears will be frozen at the time of enrollment and reduced quarterly with successful payment compliance. Grant funds will pay the difference between the actual bill and customer payment each month. SEMCO is receiving $1 Million and expects to help 2,200 families by helping with up to $500 to eliminate arrearages, developing affordable monthly payment plans and bill balances will be reduced to zero at the end of the program if funds are still available. Families who need assistance are encouraged to call 211 or their utility to inquire about available assistance.