Senior Support

Residents may be eligible to receive limited financial assistance from the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging (GTCOA) in certain situations. 



Heat Assistance


Limited funding to help seniors that have a heating crisis situation with bills that they do not have the means to pay.  Examples may include furnace repair and/or replacement, no fill notices, and shut off notices that affect heating.

Annual and lifetime limits apply.

Emergency Assistance


Limited funding to help seniors in a crisis situation with bills that they do not have the means to pay.  Examples may include eviction notices, utility shut off notices, home accessibility accommodations, emergency home or major appliance repair/replacement, and certain medical or dental expenses. 

Annual and lifetime limits apply.

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 received for heating assistance
  • Have income of 200% of poverty level or lower.  Applicants must provide proof of annual income and supply information on their household expenditures.  Other consideration given on a case by case basis.  
  • Additional resources are required in cases where funding required exceeds the limits available through the GTCOA.  Verification must be provided that other Community Partners have committed to provide the additional funds required to cover the entire balance.  Applicant will be encouraged to seek DHHS benefits first, if they qualify,

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 a completed Senior Heating Assistance Application Form, clients also need to provide  copies of:
  • Proof of residency in Grand Traverse County (official ID, driver's license or a copy of a utility bill addressed to the applicant)
  • Proof of income (income tax return) for all members of the household
    • For client's who do not file taxes, please contact us at 231-922-4688