Wisconsin Low-Income Assistance Program

Wisconsin Low-Income Assistance Program

Household income guidelines

For many Wisconsin households, energy costs place a severe and continuing stress on the family's budget. In some cases, families will be forced to make painful decisions about which bills to pay and which necessities to cut. The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) helps eligible low-income households pay for winter energy services. Fortunately, Rock Energy Cooperative works with WHEAP, which benefits about 230,000 households each year.

WHEAP details

WHEAP heat and electric assistance is a one-time benefit payment per heating season that is intended to help pay a portion of a household's heat and electric costs. The benefit amount depends on household size, income, and energy costs. In most cases, the benefit is applied as a credit directly to the household's Rock Energy account. You do not need to duplicate your efforts by applying for assistance with both your local agency and Rock Energy. We will send you a letter about one month after receiving your application that will include details on your assistance status and dollar amounts.

Eligibility

You are eligible for heating assistance if your household's combined income is at or below the levels shown on this chart:

WHEAP Income Guidelines
for the 2017-2018 Heating Season

House
hold
Size

Combined Household Income
3 Month Annual
1 $6,650.25 $26,601
2 $8,696.25 $34,785
3 $10,742.50 $42,970
4 $12,788.75 $51,155
5 $14,835.00 $59,340
6 $16,881.25 $67,525
7 $17,264.75 $69,059
8 $17,648.50 $70,594

Where to Apply

To apply for assistance, you'll need to complete a Home Energy Plus application and provide information on each household member and their income as well as records of your heating costs. For more information and application details, please call your local office:

  • Rock County: 608-363-9200, Energy Services Inc., Eclipse Center, 600 Henry Ave., Suite 25A, Beloit, or 1 Parker Place, Suite 405, Janesville.
     
  • Green County: 608-328-9344, Human Services Department, N3152 Highway 81, Monroe.
     
  • Walworth County: 262-427-8505, Energy Services Inc., 319 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn.
     
  • Dane County: 608-267-8601, Energy Services Inc., 1225 S. Park St., Madison.

Weatherization Services

When you apply for energy assistance, the local agency also will see if you qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps fund energy efficiency home improvement projects. If you are eligible for weatherization services, an energy auditor will look at your home to see what can be done to make it more energy efficient. Weatherization services differ with each home, depending on how it was built and its condition.

For general information about WHEAP or the Weatherization Assistance Program,
call 866-HEATWIS (432-8947) or click here.