Evers announces additional $16.6 million in heating assistance

MADISON (WKBT) — More money will be made available for a heat assistance program in Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday.

$16.6 million will be made available to the state’s Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program ($13.6 million) and Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund ($3 million). Evers says combined with $8 million added to the Summer Fill Program that aids those who rely on fuel oil for energy, a total of $24.6 million has been made available this year.

“We know that hardworking folks and families across our state are facing rising energy costs this season, in addition to the rising costs we’ve seen at the grocery store check out and gas pumps,” said Gov. Evers. “Nobody should have to worry about choosing between keeping their homes warm and their families fed, but for many, that’s the reality.”

Evers says the available assistance would help 200,000 households in the state. Assistance through the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program is available from October 1 to May 15. Residents can apply for energy assistance through county social and human service offices, Tribal governments, and private non-profit agencies, online at https://energybenefit.wi.gov, or by phone at 1-800-506-5596. Eligibility is based on household income, household size, and the home’s energy costs. Residents may be eligible if their gross household income is 60 percent or less of the state median income level. More information is available here.

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