Bethel Home and Services financial and housing assistance programs.

Bethel Home and Services provides financial assistance across the counties of La Crosse, Vernon, and Crawford. The agency serves as a place for low income families, the unemployed, and seniors to go to for help. The agency does have limited resources and will require families to be working towards self-sufficiency.

The main programs available in Wisconsin are below. They range from housing, rental and utility bill assistance, to food and basic needs. Other self-sufficiency resources will be coordinated as well by the agency.

Transitional Supportive Housing is available for homeless individuals, families and households. It will also help them in returning to independent living situations in Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon counties. Clients will be offered with access to limited term affordable housing which will give them a place to stay. This is for formerly homeless individuals and households. Participants of the transitional housing must be willing to work on self-sufficiency goals and it lasts for up to 2 years.

Disabled, homeless and mentally ill in La Crosse County Wisconsin can get help from the S.O.A.R. Program. It provides them with case management services. This is offered as support and numerous services are available through this housing and self-sufficiency program. Assistance is available in applying for Social Security disability benefits and navigating the application process for public aid.

Permanent Supportive Housing from New Hope is for low income families and individuals with disabilities. It is only for the currently homeless. A case manager from Bethel Home and Services assists clients. They will get help in developing goals and the social worker will partner with them to monitor progress toward self-sufficiency.

This also known as Housing First. This assistance program offers clients several housing solutions and case management services. It is an option for both homeless individuals and those mental health issues. A case manager from the faith based agency assists clients to develop goals and monitor progress towards employment goals and self-sufficiency.

Rental assistance from Bethel Home and Services and their Homeless Prevention Program is in high demand. The non-profit agency offers eviction prevention and help with paying first month's rent assistance in Monroe County Wisconsin and nearby areas.




Services from the faith based Charity include landlord mediation, first month's rent, hotel vouchers, and eviction prevention assistance in Vernon and Crawford counties. There may be some support in paying for security deposits too. Applicants for homeless prevention must be facing imminent eviction or be homeless. Their struggle needs to be baused by a lack of rent payment. Funds are limited.

Several additional low income housing units are also located in the service territory. They include 8th Street Apartments, Rockland Duplexes, 2-bedroom apartments in La Crosse Wisconsin, and more. They are offered to low-income families. There are a few 3-bedroom duplexes in Rockland as well for low-income and market-rate households.

People looking to buy a home can access counseling. The organization offers homebuyer counseling to those who’re considering or planning to purchase a home in Vernon or other counties. No income restrictions are in place for this advice. All of the counseling is HUD approved and the agency meets Fannie Mae requirements for accessing the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit. These first time buyers can benefit from advice and services which include assistance with paying closing costs and down payment.

The Owner-occupied Home Rehabilitation Program as well as Home Rehabilitation Assistance is offered by Bethel Home and Services. The agency helps working poor and low- and moderate- income homeowners with repair or updating their home. Funding is limited, and loans may be issued in some cases. The aid is focused on rehabilitation and improvements to the home. It can make it more safe, sanitary, and even energy efficient.

Home Weatherization solutions will help low-income and working poor households in reducing their energy bills. Seniors are also major beneficiaries. Income qualified individuals or families from Wisconsin can improve the energy efficiency of their residences with the help of this free federal government mandated program. Weatherization can be done for both homeowners or renters. Call the following numbers for more details. La Crosse County: 608-785-6001, Crawford County: 608-326-0248, Monroe County: 608-269-5021, or residents of Vernon County should dial 608-634-4575.





Grants from the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) can help pay heating and utility bills. This program assists seniors and eligible households with paying their energy costs. In some cases a credit may be placed on your account. The programs operate mostly during the fall and winter months, and find how to apply for Wisconsin WHEAP.

Transportation Assistance from Bethel Home and Services is for families in Crawford, Monroe, and nearby regions. They can be offered reliable vehicles as transportation assistance as part of the Work-n-Wheels Program. The church offers zero interest vehicle loans, financing and vehicle repair assistance to qualified low income households who are looking for a job or are employed.

When needed, automobile repairs can be coordinated by Bethel Home and Services. This is often done in partnership with local mechanics in Vernon County or members of the church. There is often a financial contribution needed from the applicant, and the auto needs to be used for work. More on free car repair services.

Food pantries from Bethel Home and Services offer free groceries, holiday meals, and more. Donations are usually available for the poor.
Crawford County, Bargain Boutique and Food Pantry, 200 E. Blackhawk Street, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821, call 608-326-2463
Monroe County, Sparta Food Pantry, 217 North Black River Street, Sparta, WI 54656, telephone 608-269-3012

Bethel Home and Services's Bargain Boutique Thrift Store will sell gently used clothing and household items at affordable prices. Anyone can shop from the non-profit clothing center. 200 E. Blackhawk Street, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821, call 608-326-2463




Education, Skills Enhancement or Business Assistance will help increase the economic self-sufficiency and income of households by helping them acquire new skills and start businesses. Low-income workers from the community are provided with training and assistance to enhance their skills. Resources offered include financial assistance for tuition, social support, affordable child care, and transportation expenses related to returning to school.

For more information or applications for government benefits, call the non-profit. Bethel Home and Services, Inc. has offices in the region. The main site is at 614 S Rock Ave, Viroqua, WI 54665, (608) 637-2171.


By Jon McNamara

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