Two organizations that offer local residents aid include ADVOCAP, Inc., which provides low income and other struggling people with resources, job training, and grants for bills. Another organization is the Winnebago free legal assistance program, which can provide foreclosure counseling and other free advice to families in the area. Learn more about each organization below.
ADVOCAP provides the following programs:
Contact ADVOCAP, Inc. at (920) 922-7760. They administer many services for low income families as well as seniors in the county. Read more ADVOCAP community action assistance.
Leaven - Main Office – Volunteers can help people in a crisis or hardship who have basic needs that cannot be met elsewhere. Receive assistance with transportation and utilities, rent and security deposit assistance and more. Any financial assistance is usually paid directly to the vendor, such as landlord or utility company. In addition, the agency also provides a central location to help the needy and low income in the community, thereby avoiding duplication of services. Can provide referrals, help in applying for government assistance, and similar services. 1475 Opportunity Way, Menasha, Wisconsin 54952, phone (920) 738-9635
St. Vincent De Paul Society – Neenah – The charity works to provide basic household assistance to low income families and individuals in need, along with connecting people to other sources of help. For example, offers basic emergency financial needs and household support, and can help clients pay rent, pay medical emergencies and bills, electric bills, purchase gas, obtain bus tickets, and similar services. Food and household goods are offered too. 884 South Commercial Street, Neenah, WI 54956, phone (920) 727-1766
American Red Cross - East Central Wisconsin Chapter – Runs the Bridges Emergency Assistance Program. 515 S. Washburn Street Suite 201, Oshkosh, WI 54904, call (888) 231-3590
Energy Services - Winnebago County – This is the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP). Provides financial assistance for electric costs, heating bills, and support for energy crisis situations. Will make a one-time payment to help pay bills. In addition to one time payments, the program can provide services if the boiler or furnace stops operating during the heating season. Heating and cooling system assistance includes payment for repairs or even replacement of your heating unit. 212 W. 12th Avenue, (800) 506-5596
Oshkosh Salvation Army – When has funding, can help pay for the following. Offers prescription vouchers, rent assistance, utility bill assistance and school supplies. The non-profit also provides donated and dry-cleaned coats to individuals from October through January, and is the distribution point for the Coats-for-Kids program. May also provides toys to needy children and a birthday cake through their Birthday Club. 417 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901, phone (920) 232-7660
Oshkosh St. Vincent De Paul Society – The non-profit will do what they can to help the needy. Eligible applicants may qualify for help with rent and housing expenses, heating and electric bills, funds for gasoline or bus tickets, and assistance with medical emergencies and hospital bills. 2551 Jackson Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901, call (920) 235-9368
Several food banks, churches, and charities provide meals, clothing, and free food to members of the community. Resources are limited, and not everyone can receive help. However even if a food bank can’t meet your needs, they can usually refer you to other locations in Oshkosh or Winnebago County.
Two clinics have opened that provide free legal assistance in Oshkosh and Menasha. The legal clinics were created from a startup grant from the State Bar Legal Assistance Committee. They provide free legal assistance to low and moderate income people, as well as others who just can’t afford their own attorney. The clinics operate at the main public libraries, and other clinic will soon be opened in Neenah. Stop by your local library for hours. Or call Legal Action of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Wisconsin Office. Phone (920) 233-6521.
A wide variety of people can get help. The average household income of people served at the clinics was at one time below the poverty level, but now it’s more of a mix and all income levels are getting aid. Also, initially 50 to 60 percent of the cases were family related. However, questions about financial problems, ways to stop a foreclosure, small claims, landlord/tenant issues, and even such issues as staying in a home to slow down a foreclosure. Learn more on this tactic.
The Winnebago free legal assistance program was developed by Winnebago Court Commissioner, the County Clerk of Courts, and other representatives from the Legal Action of Wisconsin, Winnefox Library System, The Christine Ann Center, UW-Oskosh, and Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center.
Several different health and dental clinics operate in Winnebago County Wisconsin. Some of the centers have a variable rate billing structure in place, which may provide free medical and/or dental care from time to time. While income limits usually apply, a clinic is a good place to call for medical bill assistance. Some of the options include:
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