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4,000 households have benefited from Western Dairyland heating assistance this winter

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - When it's this cold, many of us cave and turn up the thermostat inside, but some are struggling to afford their heating bills. 

That's where Western Dairyland comes in. Its energy assistance program gives approved low-income residents a one-time payment to help cover their heating costs. So far this season, they have helped 4,000 households in Eau Claire County. 

"There is a lot of our lower income households out there that are having to choose between groceries or paying their heating bill," said Western Dairyland Program Manager, Kristy Sellhausen. "We have a lot of elderly folks too that are choosing between getting all of their medication and taking those or paying for their heat. So, I think they are very appreciative to get some help with that."

The program is federally and state funded. Applications are accepted through May. If you would like to apply, you can find information here

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