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Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations. Operating with federal and state funding, the program provides assistance to approximately 230,000 Wisconsin households annually.

Most types of fuel are eligible to receive assistance. Whether you use wood, propane, natural gas, electricity, or fuel oil to heat your home, energy assistance is available if you qualify. The amount of the assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income, and energy costs. In most cases the assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier.

  • Heating Assistance - WHEAP assistance is a one-time payment during the heating season (October 1-May 15). The funding pays a portion of the heating costs, but the payment is not intended to cover the entire cost of heating a residence.
  • Electric Assistance - WHEAP electric (non-heating) assistance is a one-time benefit payment during the heating season (October 1-May 15). The funding pays a portion of the household’s electrical (non-heating) costs, but the payment is not intended to cover the entire cost of the non-heating costs.
  • Crisis Assistance - A household may be eligible for crisis assistance if you have no heat, have received a disconnect notice from the heating vendor, or are nearly out of fuel and do not have the money to purchase more. Crisis assistance is available through local WHEAP agencies that provide a 24-hour crisis phone number to help with emergencies that occur after business hours. WHEAP crisis assistance provides both emergency and proactive services.
  • Proactive Services - Non-emergency or proactive services include providing information on how to reduce fuel costs, counseling on budgeting and money management, providing payments to a fuel supplier, and co-pay agreements.
  • Furnace Assistance - WHEAP emergency heating system assistance can provide services to eligible home owners if the furnace or boiler stops operating during the heating season. Heating system assistance includes payment for repairs, or in some situations your residence may qualify for a total replacement of a non-operating furnace or boiler. Call the local energy assistance office immediately if you are experiencing a no heat situation.

If you are experiencing an afterhours emergency, please call 715-421-8600 and follow instructions on the message.

For more information, please visit the Home Energy+ website.

How to Apply

Your household may be eligible for Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) services based on a number of factors. However, if the gross income for your household is less than the amount shown on the following chart, you might be eligible to receive assistance. Households must complete a Home Energy Plus application through the local WHEAP agency.

INCOME GUIDELINES FOR THE 2017-2018 HOME ENERGY PLUS PROGRAM YEAR

60 PERCENT OF STATE MEDIAN INCOME GUIDELINES

Household Size Three Months Annual Income
1 $6,650.25 $26,601
2 $8,696.25 $34,785
3 $10,742.50 $42,970
4 $12,788.75 $51,155
5 $14,835.00 $59,340
6 $16,881.25 $67,525
7 $17,264.75 $69,059
8 $17,648.50 $70,594

Applications will be accepted in various formats:

Paper Applications are available Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm at the following locations:

Wood County River Block
111 W Jackson St
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

Marshfield City Hall
630 South Central Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449

You may also request an application to be mailed to you.
Please call Wood County Human Services, Community Resources at 715-421-8659.

Energy Assistance Outreach Schedule

Wood County Energy Assistance will be taking applications at the following locations.

Wisconsin Rapids - Wood County River Block
Wood County Energy Assistance
Starting Applications at 8:30 AM
  • September 14, 2017
  • September 28, 2017
  • October 5, 2017
  • October 19, 2017
Marshfield - City Hall Basement
Starting Applications at 9:00 AM
  • September 12, 2017
  • September 26, 2017
  • October 3, 2017
  • October 17, 2017
  • October 31, 2017

Applicants must provide the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Current fuel and Electric Bill
  • Proof of income received in the past three months prior to application (this includes proof of wages, Social Security, Proof of SSI, Proof of Self Employment (last year’s taxes), Child Support paid and received, and proof of dividends or interest for the past 12 months).

WHEAP assistance is a one-time payment during the heating season (October 1-May 15). The funding pays a portion of the heating costs, but the payment is not intended to cover the entire cost of heating a residence. The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income, and energy costs. In most cases the energy assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier.

For additional information please call 715-421-8690.

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