Overview of the Program:
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance to low income people to help assist in paying their heating and electric bills. In addition to the financial assistance towards utility costs, the WHEAP program also offers additional benefits, such as home weatherization services and assistance with furnace repair or replacement of malfunctioning furnace units during the cold winter months to eligible applicants,
WHEAP assistance is a one-time payment during the heating season (October 1st – May 15th).The funding provided is intended to pay for a portion of the applicants energy costs, but not intended to pay the entire energy costs of a residence.
The amount of the assistance payment, varies depending on a variety of factors, including household size, income and annual energy costs.
Crisis Assistance is also available to clients that are in immediate danger of being disconnected by their Fuel or Electric vendors.
The program is an income based program and you must provide proof of income in order to be eligible to receive benefits. You will need to provide verification of the gross income earned in the previous month by all household members over the age of 18.
- Income verifications accepted include paycheck stubs, payroll summaries, Social Security award letters, unemployment payment summaries, 1099 income tax forms, or the current year's federal income taxes.
When Can I Apply:
You may apply for regular heating season benefits from October 1st – May 15th of each year.
Crisis Assistance is also available throughout the year, please contact the Energy Assistance Coordinator for more information.
How to Apply:
You will be redirected to the Wisconsin Home Energy website to complete your application. Applications completed online, are not processed by your local agency.