MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin expects to get less federal money this winter to help low-income people pay their heating bills.
The state Health Services Department says the average benefit for the season is expected to be $227. That's $110 less than a year ago.
Officials say about 215,000 Wisconsinites will qualify for the aid, which is based on the household incomes, family sizes, and heating costs.
Individuals must make less than $24,692 a year to qualify, and families of four must get less than $47,485.
Applications for heating assistance can be filed from now through May 15th at county social service agencies, tribal governments, and a variety of non-profit groups.