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Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) Benefits

Program Description

Wisconsin's Division of Energy Services oversees the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP). This includes the federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Public Benefits Energy Assistance Program. WHEAP provides financial assistance to help eligible households pay a portion of their heating and electric energy costs. Eligible households may receive a benefit payment once per heating season (October 1 through May 15), and crisis assistance funds and help for non-operating furnaces and heating systems may also be available. The amount of the benefit payment depends on household size, income level, and energy costs. WHEAP is administered locally through county social services offices, tribal governments, and private non-profit agencies in each county in Wisconsin.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Wisconsin, your household must meet the income eligibility requirements for the program year, your household must have an energy burden, and your household must meet other non-financial eligibility criteria.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below 60 percent of the State's Median Income:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $25,151
2 $32,890
3 $40,628
4 $48,367
5 $56,106
6 $63,845
7 $65,296
8 $66,747

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for this program, please contact the local administering agency near you. You can find contact information for each county in Wisconsin by using the interactive map.

Program Contact Information

You can obtain information on eligibility, program services and where to apply by calling: 1-866-432-8947
You may also visit the WHEAP website.