Energy Assistance

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the application period for the 2019-2020 season has been extended until September 30th, 2020.  

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Energy Assistance

Overview of the Program
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance to low income people to help assist in paying their heating and electric bills.
WHEAP assistance is a one-time payment during the heating season (October 1st  – May 15th,  The funding provided is intended to pay for a portion of the applicants energy costs, but not intended to pay the entire energy costs of a residence.

The amount of the assistance payment, varies depending on a variety of factors, including household size, income and annual energy costs.
Crisis Assistance is also available to clients that are in immediate danger of being disconnected by their Fuel or Electric vendors.

Income Limits:
The program is an income based program and you must provide proof of income in order to be eligible to receive benefits. You will need to provide verification of the gross income earned in the previous month by all household members over the age of 18. 

  • Income verifications accepted include paycheck stubs, payroll summaries, Social Security award letters, unemployment payment summaries, 1099 income tax forms, or the current year's federal income taxes. 
When Can I Apply:
You may apply for regular heating season benefits from October 1st – May 1st of each year.
Crisis Assistance is also available throughout the year, please contact the Energy Assistance Coordinator for more information.

How to Apply:

Apply online
You will be redirected to the Wisconsin Home Energy website to complete your application.

Apply in person at the Buffalo County Department of Health & Human Services, Buffalo County Courthouse, 3rd Floor 407 S. Second Street – Alma, WI 54610.
Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are also accepted on a first come, first served basis. You may call the Energy Assistance Coordinator at (608) 685-4412 to schedule an appointment.

If you are over the age of 60 and are disabled, homebound or otherwise unable to apply in person, a home visit may be arranged by calling the Buffalo County Elderly Benefits Specialist at (608) 685-4412.

Call Energy Assistance at (608) 685-4412 to receive an application by mail.

Download and print an Application for Energy Assistance here.

One Month Income Guidelines 2019-2020 WHEAP (002)