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Forest, Florence, Langlade, Marinette assistance programs.

Housing, rent, and energy bill help

Florence County Housing - Some of the resources offered include home weatherization program., a customer credit program and debt reduction. In addition, apply for a no interest deferred payment home repair loans for the unemployed as well as low to moderate income home owners, one-time emergency financial assistance payments of utilities, heating bills or rent. Call (715) 528-3475.

Salvation Army of Florence County offers several different assistance programs and services. They include hotel and motel vouchers for homeless or people who are on the verge of eviction, food pantry, groceries, government commodities, Christmas toys, back to school supplies, financial help with bills, clothing, garden supplies, emergency needs. In addition, some of the other assistance includes rent payment, funds for heating bills and utilities, and information. Call (715) 528-4720

There is also a Marinette based Salvation Army. They administer the Emergency Shelter Program. Programs include first months rent or assistance if thirty days overdue on rent, Energy or utility assistance is provided if funds are available, paid on a one time basis, temporary hotel/motel voucher for homelessness, and also receive up to 5 free vouchers once every two years to use for children to get eye glasses. Call (715) 735-7448.

St. Vincent De Paul Store (Marinette Wisconsin (715) 735-9100) runs a thrift store, provides clothes for job interviews, and can offer any goods in the store for free in some cases. Items will be given to those in need (clothing, furniture, etc.) at no cost to them. In addition emergency rent and utility assistance may be offered as well as referrals to grant programs for bills or security deposits. Read Marinette St. Vincent De Paul.

St. Margaret Church of Pembine ((715) 324-5849) runs a food pantry and may offer emergency rent assistance.

The community action agency to call is NEWCAP. Assistance programs they run include:





  • Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) is a federal government funding, state supervised program that is designed to help the low income as well as needy people cope with the increased costs of home heating bills and expenses.
  • Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program - Offers both short and long term rent assistance, money for rent and utility deposits, and even to pay for expenses such as moving and eviction prevention.
  • Food, rent, and mortgage The Emergency Shelter Program can provide funds to pay for food, mortgages and rent, and also money for heating and utility bill assistance. Also money can pay for expenses such as emergency shelter in a hotel or motel.
  • Section 8 Voucher Family Self-sufficiency (FSS) - This housing assistance program is a HUD program that provides rental subsidies to the low income. More on Wisconsin Section 8 housing.
  • Foreclosure Intervention Program - This resource provides both financial assistance and counseling to low-income individuals and homeowners who are in danger of losing their home to foreclosure by helping them catch up on mortgage payments and help them deal with their lender. For those homeowners who do not meet the program eligibility criteria, there is still housing and mortgage assistance available in the form of debt reduction, budget counseling, organizing and understanding the materials associated with foreclosure, and communicating with the mortgage company or your bank to attempt to work out any possible alternatives to foreclosure and find a solution.
  • Food and groceries - Get access to emergency food supplies for households in a crisis situation or short term financial hardship. Food pantries as well as food banks are supplemented with commodities, which are supplied through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and each year thousands of people receive financial assistance.
  • Coats for Kids and Back to School - Call them for coats and clothes for your kids during the winter, as well as back to school supplies and clothes.
  • Weatherization - Get free energy conservation updates to your home, and on average they can save people several hundred dollars per year on energy bills.
  • Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) - This housing program provides rental assistance to homeless or near homeless in the community. More on tenant based rental.

The non-profit community action agency will have an application process in place for all of these resources. Residents can also contact them for referrals. More on NEWCAP financial assistance programs.





Food pantries

  • Pastor Fred’s Food Pantry - Amberg Wisconsin offers a walk in food pantry.
  • St. Margarette Church ((715) 324-5849) - Offers food assistance.
  • Christian Life Food Pantry/Center of Pound Wisconsin is one of the local food pantries that provides needed nutrition to low income homes or homes in need. Call (920) 897-2791

Credit and bankruptcy counseling

Catholic Charities Counseling Services of Marinette ((920) 272-8234) offers credit counseling as well as Personal Financial Counseling and foreclosure prevention advice to anyone who is struggling with financial matters, such as facing bankruptcy, high credit or medical debts, or other issues. The agency can advise clients on other ways how to get out of debt, including offering mediation, negotiations, and settlement programs. Click here.

Dental and health care

Get access to basic care from Twin Counties Free Clinic. This local clinic offers qualified patients with basic dental and medical care for families and individuals without health or dental insurance or are underinsured. If the community clinic can’t help themselves, in certain cases individuals will be further referred to other programs/services that they may be eligible for, whether government programs or other nearby medical or dental clinics. The community clinic also offers basic medical care and dental care to individuals living in Marinette and/or Menominee Counties of Wisconsin. Note that if people need access to dental care they will give them a voucher for a local dentist or doctor. Marinette Wisconsin. (715) 732-1349




By Jon McNamara

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