What you need to know if you need emergency heating this winter

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What you need to know if you need emergency heating this winter

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- The Wisconsin Department of Administration is reminding residents to call if they need emergency heating assistance during this frigid cold snap.

Customers that need emergency heating assistance can call the Wisconsin's Home Energy Assistance Program toll-free at 866-HEATWIS (432-8947) or Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund toll free at 1-800-891-9276.

You can also contact your county or tribal office for assistance.

"With this severe cold weather that is making its way through Wisconsin, it is crucial that our citizens know where they
can turn for emergency heating assistance," said DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch.

Governor Walker has directed DOA's Division of Energy services to release a total of $8.5 million in crisis benefits to counties and tribes that have households that use propane to heat their homes due to the recent propane shortage.

In addition, crisis benefits include financial assistance to purchase home heating fuel, help in locating fuel providers, and temporary lodging. Residents may be eligible if their gross household income is 60% of the state median income level or less.

The Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund has agreed to temporarily allow an increase in their income limit for propane households to 80% of the state median income, and will allow propane households to potentially receive an increased maximum benefit of $600.

The organization has also temporarily adjusted its policy to allow propane households the ability to potentially receive two benefit payments in a year.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns