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Nearly $50M in heating aid given to low-income Wisconsinites this winter

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Low-income Wisconsinites have received almost $50 million in assistance to heat their homes this winter -- 42 percent more than a year ago.

Friday, the state said it would make another half-million dollars in federal heating funds available to help low-income propane users cope with high prices for their fuel.

The money was given to the "Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund," a non-profit group that helps those in need. The state previously gave $1 million to the organization.

By getting the federal heating aid, the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund can use public and utility donations to help those with somewhat higher income levels than the people who are eligible for the federal assistance.

The fund has provided three-quarter million dollars this winter to those with incomes of 61 to 80 percent of the state's median.

Governor Scott Walker said the fund has been a valuable partner in the past couple months. He said he's pleased that the group can leverage the state's additional support to, "address a segment of the population that clearly needs help."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)