MADISON (WKOW) – Wisconsin is expected to get less federal money this year to help pay for low income residents heating bills.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the average heating benefit this season is expected to be $227, which is down from last year when the average benefit was $337.
The heating assistance benefit is available now through May 15. Eligibility for the benefit 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, while an individual can earn no more than $24,692.
This year, the state estimates about 215,000 people will qualify. Applications can be made through county social service offices, tribal governments and private nonprofit agencies.
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) administers the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Public Benefits Energy Assistance Program. For more information on WHEAP, call 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947).
For assistance in Dane County, you can contact Energy Services Inc. at 1225 S. Park St. in Madison. The phone number is 608-267-8601.