State gives another $500,000 to heating assistance fund

File photo.
File photo.
MADISON - The Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund is getting another $500,000.

The money is coming from the state Department of Administration's Division of Energy Services, Gov. Scott Walker has announced. Funding comes from Wisconsin's federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. By law, the state must use LIHEAP funds to help people at or below 60 percent of the state median income. For a family of four, that number is $47,485.

On the heels of a record cold winter and propane shortage, the state previously released $1 million to the KWWF in January and $500,000 in February.

KWWF leaders put a special emphasis on reaching out to homes with elderly and disabled people, veterans and working families with young children.

To apply for assistance, call 1-866-432-8947.