Low-Income Rate Assistance
- A Public Benefits Fund created in 1999 under energy reliability legislation funds low-income energy programs, along with other conservation and renewables programs. Funding is split between energy assistance and energy efficiency. The funding allows the LIHEAP program to pay a non-heating electric benefit, averaging about $68 for FY 2004, along with the regular LIHEAP heating benefit.
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- The State of Wisconsin under Wis. Stat. Chapter 49 directs General Assistance funds to households without assets or means of support to provide a minimum of life's necessities including the cost of home heating. General assistance is provided only as a last resort to eligible households.
- State and local sales taxes are suspended for LIHEAP eligible households for the costs of home heating to direct additional funds to those households to relieve the costs of home heating.
- Housing Cost Reduction Initiative Utility Payment Program.
State funds are distributed for payment of uncollectible utility arrearages. Assistance is provided to households whose housing cost is more than 35 percent of their total income and who have exhausted other sources of assistance.
Low-Income Energy Efficiency
- The Targeted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®
A public-private partnership offering energy information and services to energy utility customers throughout Wisconsin. Wisconsin residents who receive their electricity from a participating utility, and who meet the income requirements, are eligible to participate. Depending on results from a home energy assessment, energy efficiency measures may include insulation, sealing air leaks, heating system update or energy saving devices. Visit the Focus on Energy website for more information or an application or call 800-762-7077 to receive an application.
Emergency Charitable Assistance
- Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund (KWWF)
KWWF is a voluntary, community-based program designed to fill the need for energy assistance to low income people. The program began as a pilot in Dane County, and is now expanding statewide. The KWWF is funded by businesses (including utilities) and individual contributions.