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Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)


OCONTO COUNTY ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Oconto County Dept. of Human Services, 501 Park Ave, Oconto WI 54153

Please read through the entire document as many of your questions will be answered.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) recipients may receive a one-time annual benefit to help with utility bills. The benefit pays a portion of heating/electric costs. You can apply anytime from October 1st thru May 15th of each year. (Benefits are usually released starting mid-November)

ELIGIBILITY: Do I qualify? Verifications will be requested

Home energy income guidelines; All Gross household income (before taxes) is countable. The program uses the previous month of income for verification. Example: if you apply in January proof of all household income for the month of December will be needed.

Hint: Paystubs will be needed, the date you received the pay (pay date) is what is needed. Not pay periods. (Below are the income limits for 2021/22)

Household SizeOne Month IncomeAnnual Income
1$2,591.92$31,103
2$3,389.42$40,673
3$4,186.92$50,243
4$4,984.42$59,813
5$5,781.92$69,383
6$6,579.42$78,953
7$6,729.00$80,748
8$6,878.50$82,542


HOW TO APPLY
Please call 920-834-7055 to schedule an appointment for either a phone interview or a face to face interview at the local agency. Face to face interviews are subject to change in response to Covid.

Short form applications are also mailed to those that have applied in the previous year and that have fixed incomes with no changes. Example…Social Security, disability

***You may also apply online by going to https://energybenefit.wi.gov/. Please note, the local agency is not processing online applications and you will need to call 800-506-5596 if you encounter problems or for status questions.***

Verifications - Avoid processing delays!
  1. Social Security Numbers & Dates of Birth for all household members (card not needed)
  2. Heat and Electric Vendor:Vendor name and account number required
  3. Residency: If you rent, copy of lease. Name address and phone # of landlord required.
  4. Gross Income for all household members. All income that pertains to your household.
  • Wages- pay stubs for the prior month needed.
  • Social Security Benefits – Award /Benefit Letter
  • SSI/SSDI- Award/Benefit letter
  • Pensions, Annuities, IRA distributions, Interest Income ( 1099-R, 1099 int/div, taxes)
  • Veteran Benefits- Award/Benefit letter
  • Unemployment- print out or benefit letter
  • Tribal per Capita –statement
  • W2& TANF- contact agency for printout
  • Child Support – Received/Paid- print out or pay stubs that reflect payout
  • Any Self Employment- Business, rental or farm income, work from home we will need;
    • Copy of Federal Taxes which includes 1040 and ALL Schedules
    • Self-Employment (Schedule C)
    • Farm Income (Schedule F)
    • Rental Income (Schedule E)
    • Partnerships (Schedule K)
If you are a Seasonal Worker: School Bus Driver, Teachers, Construction, Landscape and Tree Farm worker any other profession whose primary employment is less than 12 months per year. Verification of income for the year (12 months) will be needed. W2, 1099, unemployment compensation or taxes.

If you have further questions please contact Oconto County Dept of HHS @ 920-834-7055.

Verifications can be emailed or sent to the following addresses:

Wheap@co.oconto.wi.us

Oconto County HHS
Attentions: WHEAP
501 Park Ave
Oconto, Wi 54153

Once determined eligible you may be eligible for other services, including crisis assistance, weatherization and furnace programs.

If you have any further questions please call 920-834-7055 or 920-834-7022.