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Requirements for Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program changing due to coronavirus

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Posted at 11:16 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 12:16:31-04

MADISON (NBC 26) -- The eligibility requirements for Wisconsin's Energy Assistance Program are changing due to coronavirus.

According to the Department of Administration, requirements will be now based on the household’s previous month of income, rather than the former requirement of the previous three months income.

The DOA says this change is to ensure those who are recently affected by shutdowns and layoffs related to coronavirus are able to receive assistance quickly. Additional eligibility requirements are available here.

People can apply for help through the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program by contacting county social/human service offices, tribal governments, and private non-profit agencies. Call toll-free 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947) or visit the Where to Apply page for the local agency in your area.

According to a news release from DOA, if you are recently unemployed, received a lay off or disconnection notice and are having difficulty paying your energy bills, the DOA Home Energy Plus program may have additional resources available. Additional resource information is here.