Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)
WHEAP assists eligible households with their heating and electric bills. It is made up of two different programs, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is funded by the federal government, and the Public Benefits (PB) program, which is funded from fees collected through participating Wisconsin electric utilities.
Regular Benefits are available during the heating season (October 1 through May 15). They provide assistance with home energy bills and are not intended to cover the total costs of heat or electricity. Crisis Assistance is intended to allow the local WHEAP agency to respond to special situations by dealing with emergency situations or to act proactively to avoid serious problems. Prevention payments are available any time during the program year (October 1 through September 30). Crisis Assistance is a discretionary benefit to households - even if a household is eligible, they may not receive assistance.
Apply by phone, by e-mail, or by mail:
Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund (KWWF)
The Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund (KWWF) is a statewide, non-profit charitable effort established in 1996 to keep the heat and power on for thousands of Wisconsinites most vulnerable in crisis. 95% of those helped by the fund are veterans, elderly, disabled, or working families with young children.
The Heat and Housing for Heroes Campaign helps veterans alleviate life-threatening energy-related emergencies through the use of energy assistance grants.
The St. St. Joseph Conference of the Society or St. Vincent de Paul provides services such as arranging for assistance with utilities and other expenses, acquiring financial assistance for other needs, helping displaced families find shelter, and more.
Area Churches for Emergency Outreach (ACEO)
ACEO works with the Salvation Army to provide emergency assistance such as rent, utilities, and gas money to residents of the Rice Lake area.
The Salvation Army of Barron County
The Salvation Army helps with emergency needs like rent, electric, or heat assistance.
Wisconsin Help for Homeowners
Wisconsin Help for Homeowners is a statewide program that can help with overdue bills like mortgage payments, property taxes, utilities, and more.
211 is a statewide resource that connects you with non-profit and government services in your area.