Utility customers in Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe and Vernon Counties may be eligible for as much as $400 in energy assistance, thanks to a donation from the River 2 Ridge Disaster Resilience Group.  R2RDR has made $30,000 available to Keep Wisconsin Warm for local residents who are behind on their energy bills as a result of the Covid pandemic.

“Our mission is to help in times of natural disaster and community crisis,” said R2RDR chair Jen Schmitz. “For many people, the pandemic has become a crisis and we wanted to be able to make it possible for people to stay in their homes in the months ahead.”  The funding will be available starting October 1, the same time as the moratorium on cutting off power is due to expire.  “We recognized a lot of people would be caught in a tough situation when the moratorium lifts and our goal is to get people through until the next no shut off period begins October 15,” said Schmitz.

To apply for the gap funding, customers should check their eligibility by looking at the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program website and then call the Keep Wisconsin Warm hotline at 800-891-9276. 

Keep Wisconsin Warm also requires anyone who receives the financial assistance to get on a payment plan and to contribute something of their own. 

The River 2 Ridge Disaster Resilience group –originally known as the Long Term Flood Relief Group - has been instrumental in helping local residents recover from the flooding in August of 2018.  All donations to R2RDR are used to assist people in Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe and Vernon Counties.

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