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Assistance programs Jefferson County Wisconsin.

Find the main churches, charities, and non-profits to apply at for financial help in Jefferson County. There are grants to pay rent or utility bills, free food boxes from pantries, medical or dental care from clinics and more. Lower income families can also access housing programs (security deposits, mortgages, or shelter) as well as transportation, job placement, and more. Find assistance below.

Organizations that provide resources and services

Crossroads House and the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. are two local non-profit organizations and charities that provide families and individuals with resources and programs that can help them with rent, utility and heating bills, and other expenses as well as provide them with cash grants.

Rental assistance program

Crossroads House offers rent help and eviction prevention resources to local families. Under this program, the organizations does it best to prevent evictions that are imminent and that would otherwise lead to someone becoming homeless. The organization has received increased funding and they have recently qualified for several additional federal government grants and other funding from the federal government stimulus program.

The additional funding they have received will allow them to provide increasing amounts of support to people who are in danger of or who have lost their housing due to a sudden and immediate loss of income, such as layoffs, reduction in income, plant closures or business cutbacks. This rental assistance program has been very successful in maintaining individuals in their current homes and apartments while they surmount some of the temporary economic hurdles that life has placed in their path. Call the local community action agency at (920) 262-9559 and ask for help from Crossroads House, as the two groups partner together.

Emergency financial and crisis assistance

In addition to the rent help mentioned above, the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin is another place for people to turn to in order to get aid and resources that can help them deal with a hardship.




The CAC community action agency offers local residents several short-term emergency assistance programs and crisis grants to people who live Jefferson County. Here is just a sampling of some of what they offer. Contact them at 114 East Main Street, Watertown, Wisconsin. Their phone number is (920) 262-9667.

  • Eviction prevention is available, and this can include landlord / tenant mediation as well as emergency funds for rent to residents with an eviction notice.
  • Rapid rehousing is for the homeless. The community action agency will offer guidance, support, and possible short term financial aid for security deposits or first months rent to qualified applicants.
  • Emergency shelter or transitional housing will offer Jefferson County residents time to save money, budget, and prepare for their own, low cost permanent housing.
  • Koats for Kids is a seasonal program from CAC that may have free winter coats for families facing poverty and children in Jefferson County.
  • Free food is partnership with the Jefferson County Food Pantry Coalition and other local non-profit organizations.
  • Veterans can get help from Supportive Services for Veterans Families, or SSVF, which addresses housing and other needs, including moving or relocation expenses.

Workforce Development Center Of Jefferson County administers programs including applications for SNAP food stamps and coordinates job training. They also screen clients for eligibility for loans to use as a form of rent assistance. The center can offer job training programs and other resources that can both help people find jobs, or learn new skills that will make them more valuable to employers. The address is 874 Collins Rd in Jefferson, or call (920) 674-7500.





Saint Vincent De Paul Society has two locations in the county, as noted below. Financial assistance is for utility bills, back rent, prescriptions or medical costs. Other services can include free household items, such as diapers, clothing, cleaning supplies, and more. While rare, they may be help for transit costs, or referrals to automobile repair programs.

  • 720 E Lake St, Lake Mills, Wisconsin 53551, (920) 648-2800
  • 1525 Summit Dr #4, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-1525, (920) 568-1266

Energy Services administers the federal government WHEAP program, including a crisis component. There may be financial aid for both utility and heating bills, including referrals to weatherization and similar energy conservation services. The program helps with reconnection, past due bills, and heating oil deliveries. The main number is (920) 568-0604.

Emergency food pantries support low income as well as struggling Jefferson County families. Hundreds of residents get assistance each year. there are mobile pantries, Meals on Wheels services for the homebound, and intake sites for state or federal government support such as food stamps. Find more details on Jefferson County free food pantries.

Money Management International can be reached at (866) 336-0624. The main program administered is debt and credit counseling, however they can also assist with housing needs. While they can provide a little of this themselves, they can also advise people on their best options for debt help. All solutions will be explored with counselors from the non-profit, including debt management plans and how to get government help for debt.

Local churches and Catholic Charities partner together to help the working poor, seniors, and low income families. The services are wide ranging and include everything from emergency financial aid for housing and energy bills to free food and meals. Case managers can also offer referrals to a number of Jefferson County non-profit agencies and government programs as well, including resources such as food stamps or heating assistance. Hundreds of local families receive support from Catholic Charities. Read more on Madison Wisconsin region Catholic Charities.

Basic needs and clothes - Several charities, churches, and non-profits in the region can provide goods to income qualified families. Depending on the applicants income, some clothes, school supplies, or other items may be provided for free. Other sites will sell gently used goods at a low price. Read more Jefferson County clothing closets.





Jefferson County Bethel House is another faith based charity. This organization mostly focuses on housing issues, but other social services may be provided too. There will be emergency shelters as well as low income and transitional housing provided for veterans, single parents, and the formerly homeless.

Depending on funding levels, other services may include financial aid for paying back rent, or the charity may have grants for energy bills. Free food, meals, and other case management services are available from Bethel House as well. Continue with Bethel House Services.


By Jon McNamara

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