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Heating assistance program popular for those in La Crosse County with financial difficulty

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Registration for heating assistance is now open for people living in La Crosse County.

“They look at your household size, your income and then your fuel usage,” Tom Miller, economic support supervisor with La Crosse County Human Services, said. “Those are pretty much the main factors that are looked at to determine your benefit amount.”

Miller says extra benefits could include weatherizing your house, a service that would be done by the state.

“You are automatically put on a list for potential weatherization being done,” Miller said of both homeowners and renters.

Miller says the amount you are eligible for is given in the form of a check to your heat provider, which takes it off your bill.

About 4,000 families use the program every year.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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