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The WHEAP program provides help with different types of energy assistance during the heating season. This program is based on income and other qualifications.

(WHEAP) is provided via federal grant funding to households based on household size, income level, and heating costs.

Heating Assistance - Is a one-time payment during the heating season (October 1-May 15). The funding pays a portion of the heating costs, but the payment is not intended to cover the entire cost of heating a residence. The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income, and energy costs.  In most cases the energy assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier.

Electric Assistance - This is a one-time benefit payment during the heating season (October 1-May 15) base on qualifications of program.  The funding pays a portion of the household’s electrical, but is not intended to cover the entire cost of the non-heating costs.
In most cases the non-heating assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier.

Crisis Assistance - A household may be eligible for crisis assistance if you have no heat, have received a disconnect notice from the heating vendor, or are nearly out of fuel and do not have the money to purchase more. WHEAP crisis assistance provides both emergency and proactive services.

Furnace Assistance - may provide services to eligible home owners if the furnace or boiler stops operating during the heating season including payment for repairs, or in some situations total replacement of a non-operating furnace or boiler.

  • Weatherization- is a program to help households save on their energy burden by making your place of living more energy efficient. If you are eligible for WHEAP, your application information will be referred to the local weatherization agency who go through a selection process and contact those households for potential weatherization services.

    Services include:
  • Insulation of attics, walls, and floors
  • Insulation or replacement of the water heater
  • Reducing air leakage
  • General health and safety inspections
  • Providing information about maintenance and energy conservation.

For more information on WHEAP program visit:
Or watch the following:
HE + Program Overview
General Clip
Weatherization Clip


Vernon County Department of Human Services
318 Fairlane Drive, Suite 100
Viroqua WI 54665
You can apply by phone, by mail or online at
 *Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, in person applications are not available at this time*

For after-hours fuel crisis or furnace assistance call the Vernon County Sheriff's Department 608-637-2123.