Eligible residents encouraged to apply for assistance prior to May 15.
Milwaukee, WI (May 8, 2017) – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is urging eligible residents to apply for Energy Assistance prior to the season end on May 15. The Department of Health and Human Services administers Energy Assistance a one-time payment for eligible residents, covering a portion of their energy costs.
“Last season our program helped more than 56,000 households stay warm and keep the lights on.
“Last season our program helped more than 56,000 households stay warm and keep the lights on. This year we have already served more than 60,000 households and plan to serve more than ever before,” says County Executive Chris Abele. “This service provides an average benefit of almost $500 to those who apply. We are eager to provide this service to ease the burden of utility bills for the thousands of senior citizens and working families with know this benefit can assist.”
Eligible residents can schedule appointments to apply for WHEAP prior to May 15, 2017. They can call 414-270- 4-MKE, or go online to www.energyassistancemke.org. There are also flexible walk-in options at our six service locations, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. – noon:
● Northwest – 4906 W Fond du Lac Avenue
● North – 6918 W Brown Deer Road (NEW SITE THIS SEASON)
● Downtown – 728 N James Lovell Street (7th and Wisconsin)
● West Allis – 6761 W Greenfield Ave
● Southeast – 2701 S Chase Ave (between Lincoln and Oklahoma)
● South – 5663 S 27th Street (NEW SITE THIS SEASON)
The Energy Assistance Program has also expanded phone service capacity to accommodate the increase in applicants scheduling appointments over the phone as an effort to decrease wait time in lines at locations. This year, the program expanded outreach to the far north and south sides of Milwaukee with two new locations and a marketing campaign featuring billboards, bus ads and radio advertisements. The media are encouraged to share our Public Service Announcement in both English and Spanish to encourage residents to explore if they are eligible and to apply.
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as WHEAP, is a state program that is administered in Milwaukee County by the Department of Health and Human Services. WHEAP provides a one-time payment for eligible residents, covering a portion of their energy costs.
For more information on Energy Assistance or to schedule an appointment, visit
www.energyassistancemke.org. To schedule an interview, please contact Katy Glodosky at 414-323- 6362
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Milwaukee County or [email protected]
● Diane Zettelmeier, Energy Assistance Program Coordinator, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services
● Cynthia, a Milwaukee County resident who benefited from the program as her bills piled up after the death of her mother, found relief once she learned about the program, and about the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services.
The mission of the Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services is to enhance the quality of life for individuals who need support living healthy, independent, and safe lives within our community. Our vision is to be recognized as the public model of excellence, leadership, and partnership in human services driving superior outcomes for our community.