VERNON COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) -

President Barack Obama released the remaining $14.2 million Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) allocation to the State of Wisconsin.

Given the propane shortage, the Wisconsin Department of Administration preemptively released $7 million to Wisconsin counties and tribes who administer the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP).

Couleecap, Inc.  is encouraging residents affected by rising propane costs to contact the Energy Assistance Office in their county to see if they’re eligible for financial assistance.

To qualify for financial assistance, residents must have an annual income at or below 60 percent of the state median income guidelines and have applied for WHEAP assistance, according to Couleecap, Inc.

Couleecap, Inc. operates the Vernon County Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP). Vernon County residents can contact Cindy Harter at (608) 634-4575 for assistance. 

For more information on Wisconsin’s Home Energy Assistance Program, call 866-HEATWIS (432-8947) or see a map of Where to Apply at homeengergyplus.wi.gov.