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Eau Claire County Assistance Programs.

Thousands of local Wisconsin individuals are struggling. Below you will find information on Eau Claire area charities and non-profit agencies that may be able to offer aid. Some agencies may offer rental and housing assistance, emergency funds for utility and heating bills, and other crisis services for paying bills and expenses.

Emergency help for bill, expenses, and debts

One of the leading non-profits is the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse. The phone number is 715-832-6644. They offer several different assistance programs and social services to low income individuals and others who need help. Meet with dedicated, trained professionals who can advice you on certain programs including how to get help with Rental assistance, Transportation vouchers, First month rent and security deposit assistance, and Utilities and heating bill assistance.

The Eau Claire Salvation Army ((715) 834-1224) may also offer low income, the unemployed, and others assistance. They may have limited financial aid to distribute, and are also a great place to contact to learn about other local charities and government programs. Another focus of the agency in on providing meals and gifts to children and families during Christmas from programs such as the Angel Tree. Other services available in Eau Claire include crisis intervention, credit counseling, and budgeting workshops. Read more.


The Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, which is the Eau Claire County community action agency, administers numerous services. (715) 836-7511. The programs they run can include:

  • Heating and energy bill help - The Crisis Assistance Program, which is part of LIHEAP, provides heating emergency assistance to low income, the elderly, and other qualified people. Eligible families can receive financial assistance to repair or replace defective heating systems and furnaces, or they may be eligible to receive emergency fuel deliveries so they can stay warm.
  • Transportation - If you need help getting back and forth to work, the agency may have a program for you. It is known as Way to Work. The transportation and auto assistance program was created to establish a means for low-income families and workers Eau Claire County to find employment related transportation through vehicle maintenance and repair and transportation loans.




Get help with both finding a job, and financial assistance for paying bills, from the Eau County Wisconsin Job Center. They can direct qualified applicants to both state and federal government energy assistance programs, such as LIHEAP as well as WHEAP. The Wisconsin Warm Fund is also run. In addition, an on-site career and job counseling center works with local employers to place applicants in new jobs. Also apply for TANF food stamps and Medicare. Learn more on Wisconsin energy bill programs. Dial (715) 836-2901

Eau Claire County Department Of Human Services can provide information on government benefits, with a focus on heating and utility bill assistance programs. There are one time payments available during the heating season from programs such as WHEAP. Crisis assistance is for those Eau Claire households with a disconnection notice or without heat. Any government grants are available first come and served.

Other federal programs include weatherization and energy conservation as well as emergency furnace repair or replacement. Receive help such as insulation, sealing air leaks, and heating systems update. Staff will work with low income individuals and offer budget counseling, employment programs, and work with their power company on payment plans. Or inquire into SNAP food stamps, information on low income housing, and much more. 721 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703, call (715) 839-2300.

AIDS Resource Center Of Eau Claire Regional Office offers transportation assistance, free food vouchers, including from pantries, case management, and information on medical care. Other resources are financial assistance for medical or emergency needs and prescription medication drugs management. A number of referrals are available too. (715) 855-0193

Debt counseling and bankruptcy services

In addition to the emergency programs offered above, Catholic Charities also offers financial counseling, debt, and bankruptcy assistance. One of the services they offer people is a debt management plan. This is a proven solution to reducing debts, whether medical or credit card, and helping people get their financial situation under control.

The charity agency also offers qualified individuals with financial counseling. Meet with a debt counselor who will both review and analyze your total household income, expenses, debts and overall financial situation. They will then discuss possible solutions to your situation and make recommendations.

Dial 715-832-6644 to learn more about Catholic Charities debt and financial counseling programs for Eau Claire families.





Foreclosure assistance and housing counseling programs

Yet another service offered by the Eau Claire Catholic Charities. Phone number is above. They provide free housing and foreclosure counseling. The non-profit agency is a HUD certified counseling agency, and they are offering homeowners a full range of Foreclosure, Home Buyer’s, Reverse Mortgage counseling and Mortgage Delinquency services in the Central Wisconsin area.

Another credit counseling agency is Familymeans. This non profit focuses on the Wisconsin and Minnesota areas. Some of the services they offer include those listed below. Dial 651-789-4014.

  • Debt Management Program - Reduce and eliminate outstanding bills and debts.
  • Bankruptcy services - Receive access to comprehensive pre-filing bankruptcy counseling and pre-discharge. Click here to learn more on bankruptcy.
  • Housing and foreclosure - Learn about some options to getting on track with your mortgage payments, and get  foreclosure assistance.

Eau Claire County free medical care

The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic can provide people, regardless of income, basic health and dental care services, such as things like general exams, imaging (x-rays, etc.), and lab tests (blood and urine). Other care includes medications and prescription assistance, referrals to community resources, general ophthalmalogy, social programs, information on area hospital, and other medical care. Call (715) 839-8477

Food assistance, basic needs and other distribution centers

Some of the food pantries and banks to turn to for free food in Eau Claire Wisconsin include Augusta Area Food Pantry (715) 286-2223), Grace Lutheran Food Pantry (715) 832-9713, and another food center is the St. Francis Food Pantry. Call (715) 839-7706.

Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, Inc. provides vouchers to qualified families to get free groceries and food from the St. Francis Food Pantry and they may also pass out bags of rice and other items to the needy. Dial (715) 864-6331.

Harvestime Church - The charity runs a food pantry. It may have non-perishable foods, personal hygiene supplies, free diapers, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper might be available as well. Address is 3625 Southwind Drive, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701. Telephone (715) 834-4011.

Immanuel Lutheran offers a small amount of food items. Canned goods and non-perishable goods are served. (715) 832-7832.

St. Francis Food Pantry can be reached at (715) 839-7706.

Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry is located at 1314 East Lexington Boulevard, Eau Claire, WI 54701, dial (715) 832-6601.




Shepherd's Shelf Pantry may have bags of food in an emergency, referrals to meal programs, and other support. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 207 University Street, Elk Mound, WI 54739-9905 (715) 879-5115.

Fall Creek Community Cupboard is based at 704 Kennedy Avenue. Call (715) 877-2330 for hours and intake.

Augusta Area Food Pantry may have baby food, groceries, fruits, and holiday meals too. (715) 286-2007.


By Jon McNamara

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