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Assistance programs in Kenosha County.

The charities, churches, and government assistance programs below help low income families. Apply for rent, mortgage, or security deposit help as well as affordable housing or grants to pay utility bills. Kenosha County charities also give free back to school supplies, food, clothes, cars, or Christmas toys. Individuals can also get free debt or mortgage counseling, assistance with car loans or employment, daycare and other social services.

Emergency financial assistance programs for paying bills and expenses

Call the Kenosha based ELCA Urban Outreach Center. The agencies phone number is 262-652-5545. Some of the programs they offer focus on providing emergency services such as prescription drugs and medication assistance, free diapers and clothes, career counseling and job-search assistance. There is also neighborhood development, adult education and youth programs.

Another organization to contact is the Kenosha Human Development Services. This non-profit agency, which can be reached at 262-657-7188, has provided quality community social services for 34 years to low income and other needy individuals. Services offered by the group includes 24 hour crisis intervention, emergency shelters, housing aid, and transitional housing for homeless people. They also help with SNAP applications as well as cash assistance for low income families. Read Wisconsin public assistance programs.

Also call the Shalom Center at 262-658-1713. Get access to free food, emergency shelter, or housing. There is also various programs that support to those less fortunate including Emergency Family Shelter, Food Pantry, Nightly Shelter, After School tutoring, and also a Soup Kitchen.

Women’s & Children’s Horizons (262-656-3500) is a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, help with medical care and bills, legal advocacy support groups, and transitional living services. The non-profit also offer support for domestic violence survivors, sexual abuse programming, food, clothing, household goods pantries, and 24-hour crisis line to qualified individuals who need assistance.

Spanish Center Of Kenosha, Racine, And Walworth – Provides emergency assistance in crisis moments, including assistance to qualified low income families with their heating bills and expenses. 1330 52nd St, 2nd Floor of B&GC, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140. Phone number (262) 657-2160




Salvation Army Of Kenosha County runs a free food pantry and offers other social services, including possible financial help, at their location. There may be funds to help pay for housing related costs (utilities, rent or a mortgage). There may also be groceries or hygiene items from the free food pantry. Or students can get free back to school supplies, or Christmas toys from Angel Tree. Or get winter clothes, money to pay rent or heating bills, or sign up for the homeless shelter if applicable. Dial (262) 564-0286, or read more on assistance from Kenosha County Salvation Army.

There are also other regional Salvation Army centers in nearby counties or cities. They too can support the Kenosha County region. Locate more Wisconsin Salvation Army assistance programs.

RKCAA - In addition to the resources below, the agency will offer funds for both utility and heating bills in Kenosha. This is available from the federal government WHEAP program. A focus is on keeping people warm during the winter, in particular senior citizens and families with children. So various services are run by the organization.

Free dental and medical care

Kenosha Community Health Center, which is often called KCHC for short, is a community based and oriented primary health care and dental facility. Volunteers and other medical professionals  provide qualified individuals with high quality medical and dental care, and the services are offered to Kenosha county residents in accordance to their ability to pay for their medical and dental bills. Phone 262-656-0044.

Other free healthcare can be arranged too. There are free community clinics with check ups, lab work, immunizations, and diabetes programs among other services. The low income and uninsured are the major clients. Some patients are charged a portion of the bill due. More on free community clinics in Wisconsin.





Kenosha County mortgage help, utility assistance, job programs and rental assistance

If you need help paying your rent, mortgage assistance, or are facing a foreclosure, call the Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency at (262) 637-8377. The agency is a federal government HUD Certified counseling agency. A key focus is on preventing homeless in the region.

They are one of the key providers of rent, housing, and mortgage assistance to people who are struggling. In addition, they even help currently homeless persons or those at risk of becoming homeless. They provide households with funds for paying rent, escrow and even mortgage assistance. In some cases, RKCAA can arrange grants for security deposits on a new, low income apartment.

The non-profit also battles poverty and offers struggling families many other assistance programs. Those range from help in applying for government assistance to career counseling, information on low income housing, details on emergency loans for bills, and more.

The community Action in Kenosha provides many services to the less fortunate. They can also counsel people who are dealing with a foreclosure. Counselors can work with homeowners and tenants and provide hands on assistance in negotiating with reluctant landlords or mortgage companies, or searching for housing aid. Read more Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency.

Several rental and security deposit assistance programs are offered. There are also homeless prevention and rapid rehousing services in Kenosha County. There are grants, legal resources, section 8 HUD vouchers, emergency funds to pay rental arrears and more. A major focus is on stopping evictions and homeless of the most vulnerable, such as senior citizens, the disabled, and veterans among others. Continue with rent assistance Kenosha County.

Emergency free food assistance programs

Needy individuals and families can turn to the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which provides food to local emergency pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. The non-profit also offers both Christmas and Holiday food baskets to low income families, including single parents. Call the Kenosha Community Action Agency at (262) 637-8377 to apply or learn more.





Sharing Center, Inc. – Families in which their income is not sufficient to meet their basic needs may be able to obtain an ongoing supply of free food or groceries. There may also be clothes or Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners served as well as baby formula. The center will have food usually once per month. Enough groceries and items are normally offered to provide for a fully balanced meal. Location is 25700 Wilmot Rd, Trevor, Wisconsin 53179. Phone number is (262) 298-5535.

Twin Lakes Area Food Pantry is run from St John's Catholic Church in Kenosha Wisconsin. This program also provides food and meals on an ongoing basis. Phone number is (262) 877-8228.

By Jon McNamara


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