NEED HELP PAYING YOUR BILL?
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Administration (DOA) has adjusted the eligibility requirements for residents who are seeking heating and electric assistance through the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP).
Eligibility will now be based on the household’s previous month of income, rather than the former requirement of the previous three months of income. This move was made to ensure those who are recently affected by the COVID-19 response can receive assistance quickly. Eligibility requirements are listed in the graphic.
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, furnace assistance, and energy crisis situations. Operating with federal and state funding, the program aids households across the state to help lower the burden incurred with monthly energy costs.
Households must complete a Home Energy Plus application through the local WHEAP agency or apply online via: https://energybenefit.wi.gov/. You can locate your local WHEAP agency phone number and address online at homeenergyplus.wi.gov by clicking on the “Where To Apply” tab at the top of the page or calling 1-866-HEATWIS. You can also refer to the list of phone numbers by county to the right of this screen.
Your local agency will determine your household’s eligibility for the WHEAP and Weatherization programs during the application process. Households eligible for weatherization will have their application information forwarded to the local weatherization agency.
Wisconsin Help for Homeowners is a program that helps with overdue home bills. Visit HomeownerHelp.WI.gov or call 1-855-2HOMEWI to learn more.
Please also contact JREC at 715.532-5524 to discuss payment arrangements and to inform the cooperative of any Energy Assistance that will be provided to you.
If you are unable to bring your account up-to-date, please take ACTION NOW to reduce your chance of disconnection. You may be eligible for assistance in the payment of your bills from the Department of Human Services.
For your convenience, listed below are the numbers for the offices in each county served by the Cooperative.
(715) 726-7840 Chippewa County
LCO Tribal (715) 634-8934
Rusk County (715) 532-2299
Sawyer County (715) 634-4806
Taylor County (715) 748-3332
Wisconsin Rural Housing (888) 400-5974
(800) 942-2474 for farmers only Farm Crisis Center
If you have any questions, please call:
Electric Cooperative Jump River
715-532-5524 Ladysmith or 715-634-4575