Less money available in Wisconsin for heating helpWisconsin is expected to get less federal money this year to help pay for the heating bills of low income residents.
By: The Associated Press, Superior Telegram
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is expected to get less federal money this year to help pay for the heating bills of low income residents.
The Wisconsin Department of Administration says the average heating benefit this season is expected to be $227. That compares with $337 last season.
The heating assistance is available now through May 15. Eligibility is based on household income, household size and the home's heating cost. A family of four must earn less than $47,485 to qualify. An individual can earn no more than $24,692.
The state estimates that about 215,000 people will qualify.
Applications can be made through county social service offices, tribal governments, and private nonprofit agencies. In Douglas County, applications are available at the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services, 1316 N. 14th St., Suite 400, Superior, Water, Light & Power, 2915 Hill Ave., or online at www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov. For more information or to have an application mailed to you, call the Energy Assistance Information Line at 715-395-1651. Walk-in applications will be taken at the department of health and human services Wednesdays on a first come, first serve basis beginning this week. Appointments can be scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays by calling 715-395-7257. More information is available on the home energy plus website listed above or by calling 1-866-432-8947.