While the temperatures do appear to be warming up in the coming days, propane issues continue to impact residents and businesses in the Northwoods.
The Oneida County Emergency Management teams has been compiling a list of resources that some residents and businesses can use to help ease the struggles.
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP): is a federally-funded program that assists eligible households pay a portion of their home heating costs, assistance is based on 60% of the State Median Income level over a three-month period. For a 4 person household that is just under $12,000.
The Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund (KWWF): is a statewide nonprofit that assists eligible households pay a portion of their heating costs, assistance is based on 80% of the State Median Income while funds are available. This is the group that our area legislators donated to and encouraged others to do so.
Contact Oneida County Social Services-Fuel Assistance Program (715) 362-5695 for assistance with WHEAP and KWWF programs.
For those with complaints against distribution companies, they can be directed to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection online or calling 1-800-422-7128
The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) is providing loans to small business to pay for propane. Businesses may apply through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) by completing a “Emergency Loan Guarantee Program for Certified Propane Dealers Application.”