Iowa County assistance programs.

Locate housing, energy bill and help with paying rent

Over one million in Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program funds will be provided to the Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program to prevent homelessness and provide housing assistance. The local organization has been selected by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce as the lead recipient of the 2009 Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program grant, which is made up of funds provided by the federal government.

The SWCAP agency will receive the funds to help ensure residents do not lose their homes,  house the homeless, and do whatever it takes to prevent homelessness. The primary goal is to end the cycle of homelessness that exists in Dodgeville, Iowa, Grant, Green, Richland, and Lafayette counties. The federal government money was made available from the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Grants will be provided to help eligible families and individuals with paying for utility and rental arrears, they will offer short- and medium-term rental assistance, financial counseling, security and utility deposits, provide free legal services related to eviction and rental denial, mediation, case management and other related costs. Case mangers will work closely with the programs participants to better direct them on how to access public and private assistance programs, budgeting, training opportunities, job search and more.

There are some conditions. To be eligible for the program, the individual or family needs to live in Lafayette, Grant, Iowa, Green, or Richland county, and they must also meet income thresholds.

In addition, the community action agency also runs the Wisconsin HUD Section 8 Rental Assistance for very low-income families and the working poor in Iowa County Wisconsin, in cooperation with the Dodgeville Housing Authority.

Housing and foreclosure counseling is also offered at the community action agency. They can help people avoid a foreclosure, and get back on tack with paying their home loan. Work one of one with a housing or foreclosure prevention specialist for free advice and support. Also learn about a wide variety of other foreclosure and mortgage assistance programs, those that are offered by the state of Wisconsin as well as federal government, and local non-profits. Learn more on Wisconsin mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention programs.

Another option is the Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides food, groceries, and other forms of surplus or donated free food to the low income in the region.

The Low Income Energy Assistance program, as well as weatherization, can help people pay their heating and utility bills, and weatherization is a free program to help Iowa County individuals save money. The communication action agency also works closely with Wisconsin power and electric companies and the programs they administer.

Call the Dodgeville Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program agency at 608-935-2326.








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