Heating assistance through the Home Energy Plus Program is available to help Door County families afford to keep warm during the cold winter months.
Applications are being taken in Door County at WEP, Inc. until May 15, 2013. Those applying should call 920.743.7273 to schedule an appointment. First-time applicants may call to schedule participation in several New Applicant Seminars being held at 2 pm on March 1, March 15 and April 5 at the WEP, Inc. offices at Cherry Point Mall, 1300 Egg Harbor Rd, Sturgeon Bay.
Eligibility is based upon household income, household size and home heating costs to determine the amount of benefits an individual or family can receive. The program pays benefits directly to fuel suppliers, which is designed to offset the cost of home heating. Crisis assistance may be available year-round based on household need and available funding.
Residents may be eligible if the gross household income is 60% of the state median income level or less. Income guidelines for the 2012-2013 heating season are as follows:
Household Size /Annual Income
Door County Energy Assistance Program statistics as of February 18, 2013:
- 938 Households have applied for benefits
- 870 Households received a benefit (average payment of $256 for heat and $154 for electric.)
- $349,312 was paid to fuel and electric vendors
- 51 households received crisis assistance. Overall $12,787 in crisis funds was provided.
In the month of January the Door/Kewaunee Weatherization program completed 9 jobs to bring the Weatherization program to a 100% completion rate of monthly goals.
Since the season began in October we have provided our clients who own their homes assistance with no-heat situations. In Door County we provided 21 furnace repairs and 6 furnace replacements and in Kewaunee 12 repairs and 4 replacements were completed.
To schedule an appointment to receive energy assistance or to qualify your home for weatherization, call 920.743.7273 or visit the Website www.wepinc.org for more information.