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Heating assistance still available, more funding put into program


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- More money is going into the state’s Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund.

The weather is getting warmer, but state officials say families still need help after surviving the heat bills from the bitter cold winter.

Governor Scott Walker announced another $500,000 has been released from the Department of Administration’s Division of Energy Services to the fund. So far, the State has transferred a total of $2 million to the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund this heating season.

Walker said the impact of the cold and the propane shortage will be felt for many months, and this program is instrumental to helping Wisconsinites in crisis due to the high heating costs.

The Department Of Administration’s Division of Energy Services funding comes from Wisconsin’s federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). By law, the State must use LIHEAP funds to assist citizens at or below 60 percent of the state median income. For a family of four, 60 percent of the state median income is $47,485.

Heating assistance is still available. Residents can apply for assistance through county social service offices, tribal governments, and private non-profit agencies. To find the local agency in your area, call toll-free 1-866-HEATWIS. (1-866-432-8947)