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Less federal money coming for Wisconsin's low-income heating assistance

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.