OLHSA Receives Award for Outstanding Commitment to Advancing Energy Efficiency in the Community

For the second year in a row, Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA) was recently honored with the Flaw Rate Award during the virtual DTE/SEEL Community Appreciation Awards. The award was given to the community partner who submitted the least amount of flaws during project submission within the DTE Energy Efficiency Assistance (EEA) program. Community partners are engaged to extend the reach into the community with a goal toward lowering energy bills and saving energy.

“It’s great what we’re able to do with the funds that come in through this program to help our clients with rebates, furnaces and refrigerators,” said Doug Symons, Associate Director for Weatherization and Community & Energy Services, OLHSA. “It’s really made an impact for our agency and the clients we serve. Thank you to SEEL and DTE. We hope for a long continued partnership.”

The DTE Energy Efficiency Assistance program is designed for residents who have limited income, but want to make their homes more energy efficient. Eligible residents may receive multiple energy efficient products to help reduce their monthly energy bill and make their homes more comfortable, all at no cost to the resident. To be eligible, household income must be at, or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines and they must also be actively enrolledin the Low Income Self Sufficiency Plan, or other state low-income public assistance programs like SNAP and WIC. Other guidelines do apply.

One of the largest minority-owned, disabled-veteran owned energy program management firms in the nation, SEEL (Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics) works with DTE Energy to implement the EEA program in communities throughout Michigan. SEEL works with community partners helps to extend the reach of the program making it available to even more residents who may have otherwise not been helped.

“We really appreciate the good work that these organizations do,” said Louis E. James, president and CEO of SEEL. “We applaud DTE Energy for making programs like this available to the community ensuring that all residents have an equal access to the opportunity to save money on their energy bills and make their homes more energy efficient. This is extremely important for low-income residents who are disproportionately impacted by high energy bills.

Programs like EEA help to alleviate the problem.” According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA), on average low-income households pay 7.2% of household income on utilities, which is more than twice as much as the median household and three times as much as higher income households.

OLHSA is the largest private nonprofit agency delivering human services to Oakland and Livingston Counties.  We welcome those in need with a comprehensive set of services, focusing on meeting the basic needs of senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and people suffering from economic hardship. Our broad range of connected services empowered more than 20,000 clients last year to reach or maintain self-sufficiency. Our services address specific needs in Oakland and Livingston County communities.