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Assistance programs in Grant, Lafayette, and Richland Counties

Military veterans programs

Any veterans or their immediate families in the area can call and apply for help at the Grant County Veterans Service Office. Several services and resources are provided from this facility. One county run and government funded assistance program can provide emergency grants and financial assistance for rent, food, paying for utilities, and repair work for veterans or dependents if requests are approved by Veterans Service Commission. Other emergency resources that may be offered include emergency economic assistance for prescriptions and medical needs, fuel and heating oil, transportation, and free food (which is funded by a state program). The local office also coordinates all countywide veterans and provides information on federal government and state veterans benefits. They also coordinate health care that may be needed from Veteran hospitals. Lamcaster WI (608) 723-2756.

Grants and help for everyday bills

Weatherization and utility assistance can be provided by the Richland County Health and Human Services. Dial (608) 647-8821. The Grant County Department of Social Services also offers much of the same aid and financial support, and this office can be reached at (608) 723-2136.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) - This can provide heating, electric, and utility bill assistance. A one time payment can be offered for electric and heating bills. In addition, local households without heat, with a disconnect notice from their energy provider, or nearly out of heating fuel or oil can get help for that crisis situation. Counselors can also help you enter into a payment plan, or get fees waived.

Another option is the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund, which is run by a non-profit, public/private partnership that is focused on the low income and those under certain poverty thresholds.

Weatherization helps both renters and homeowners reduce energy use and save money on their bills. Get a free home energy audit also free energy conservation measures and upgrades to your home.





General assistance - Work with a counselor to apply for TANF food stamps or the government Medicaid health insurance program.

Call your local social services office (at the phone number above) to learn more about the above services or to apply for help.

Southwest Community Action Program - Another of the leading non-profit organizations in the community and this section of Wisconsin.

  • HUD and Section 8 housing - The non-profit administers the Housing Authority (HA) Program, which also is well known as Housing Choice Voucher Program. This will ensure that low income families pay at most 30% of their income towards their monthly rent. Learn more.
  • Weatherization - This community action agency also participates in energy efficiency like weatherization. So they are another place to call for aid, and is in addition to the social service agencies above. Get help with such items as replacing or repairing your furnace, insulation, new water heaters, and energy efficient lighting.
  • Dental care - Some basic/general dental programs and assistance is offered. Access such programs as Fluoride Treatment, Sealants, and Checkups. Read more on Wisconsin free dental centers and clinics.
  • Near homeless - For people on the verge of losing their home or apartment, emergency assistance is offered to help pay expenses, bills, and get food.
  • Head Start - Is offered for children. Access health and nutrition services, educational assistance, and counseling.
  • Women, Infants & Children Nutrition Program (WIC) - Provides food and nutritional supplements for the needy and low income.

Call Southwest Community Action Program at (608) 935-2326.

Food pantries

Immaculate Conception Mobile Food Pantry (Boscobel WI (608) 375-2326) - Mostly nonperishable food is distributed monthly to the needy.

The Depot Exchange of Fennimore runs a food pantry. (608) 822-4060

Richland Community Food Pantry - Provides the needy with free food and groceries. Food offered by the pantry may include beef stew, fruits and vegetables, breads, pork and beans, soups, tuna, cereal, pancake mix and syrup, pasta and sauce, canned food, pudding, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, eggs, and other fresh offerings. (608) 647-4050



By Jon McNamara

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