Heating cost assistance available thorugh the stateState officials announce that funding is still available through May 15 to help low-income households pay for home heating costs through the Home Energy Plus program.
State officials announce that funding is still available through May 15 to help low-income households pay for home heating costs through the Home Energy Plus program. The average heating assistance benefit is $338, and the average electric benefit is $174.
Eligibility is based upon household income, household size and home heating/electric costs to determine the amount of benefits an individual or family can receive. The program pays benefits directly to fuel suppliers to help offset the cost of home heating/electric costs.
Residents can apply for assistance through county social service offices, tribal governments and private non-profit agencies. Call toll-free 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947) or visit the Home Energy Plus Where to Apply webpage for the local agency in your area. Residents may be eligible if the gross household income is 60 percent of the state median income level or less. A family of two with an annual income of less than 31,754 or less would be eligible, as would a family of four making 46,697 or less.
The Home Energy Plus Program receives federal funding for heating assistance. The State of Wisconsin has received $95.3 million for this heating season.
Last year, the average heating benefit was $348 for 221,785 households.
In addition to heating and electric assistance, the Home Energy Plus Program offers emergency fuel assistance, counseling for energy conservation and energy budgets, proactive co-payment plans, and emergency furnace repair and replacement.