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Home heating assistance program begins Oct. 1

MILWAUKEE-- The weather is a reminder that the heating season is upon us and with that, comes bills that can take a bite out of a household budget.

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance program is one option to help ease the financial burden of rising heating costs.

The program starts October 1 and runs through May 15, 2015.

Program directors expect to assist up to 60,000 households in Milwaukee County this year.

The average payment amount is $370.

It's important for residents to know they can only get help paying their energy bill one time during the program year.

It takes four to six weeks to get the payment to the electric company, so if you're in need, don't wait until the last minute.

We Energies has a moratorium that prevents it from shutting off heat to customers during the winter months.

But Maudwella Kirkendoll said that's when residents find themselves in a crisis.

\"Come Spring time, individuals are applying for assistance,\" he said. \"However, during disconnection season, we have huge lines so the best time to come in will be now throughout the winter.\"

There is an application process to determine who's eligible for home energy assistance.

Individuals must bring a photo ID, Social Security numbers and birth dates for everyone in the household, a current electric or gas bill and verification of three months gross income for all those in the household.

Residents can apply for the program by making an appointment or by visiting one of four site locations during normal hours.

For locations and income guidelines, click here, or just dial 211.


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