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Assistance programs La Crosse County.

When in a crisis, low to moderate income families can get financial assistance. There are several places to turn to. The leading food pantries, charities, and government programs are listed below. They provide everything from emergency funds to referrals and other support.

Financial aid for bills or paying housing expenses

Veterans as well as their immediate family members can turn to the La Crosse County Veterans Service Office. The address is 400 4th St North. The staff there offer many different services, many of which are federally funded.

The VA office will help clients apply for financial help. This can include money to pay utility or heating bills, prescription medication vouchers, and housing. A common request will be for the veteran rental assistance program. The office also helps with applications to benefits such as Section 8 or disability for veterans. Phone (608) 785-9719.

Rural Housing administers the local PHA rental assistance programs. This will be for very low income families, farm workers, and residents in poverty. Most of this support is available as a result of HUD funding but there is a waiting list. The agency can offer everything from section 8 vouchers for paying rent to self-sufficiency. Dial (888) 400-5974 for information.

Couleecap is the local community action agency. They work with clients to fight poverty, homelessness, and unemployment. Referrals are given from this non-profit. Find other ways to get assistance from community action agencies.

The Salvation Army is based at 728 Copeland Ave, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54603. The charity is the leading social service agency in the region. The assistance includes the following.

  • -Emergency funds for paying back rent to stop evictions or utilities to keep power on.
  • -A food pantry, clothing, closet, and soap/laundry.
  • -Shelter, transitional housing, and hot meals.
  • -Free Christmas toy program, Angel Tree, and holidays meals. More information on Christmas assistance.
  • -The Salvation Army also has free thrift store vouchers for furniture, household goods, and other items. They also give students from K to 12 free back to school supplies.

Other resources are offered by the charity. Dial (608) 784-1421, or find additional Salvation Army La Crosse social services.




Legal Action of Wisconsin, which can be reached at (800) 873-0927, helps with civil cases. They offer free legal aid to stop foreclosure or evictions. Information is also provided on applying for government benefits, domestic abuse, illegal debt collection, and more. The legal aid is free in La Crosse County to seniors and the low income.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse – The charity is a partnership of churches. They help immigrants, single mothers or pregnant women, and the vulnerable. Free food to clothing, medical equipment, and other aid is provided. 3710 East Ave S, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601, or call (608) 782-0710.

Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Social Services helps Native Americans. The agency coordinates government benefits along with charity programs and has referrals as well. Phone - (888) 343-8190.

La Crosse County Human Services Department assists with applications to state of Wisconsin and public aid. Dial (608) 784-4357. They can provide cash grants for heating bills, weatherization applications, and information on SNAP food stamps. Other services include welfare from TANF, job training, and financial aid for residents at or below 150% of the poverty level. Address is 300 4th St N, La Crosse, WI 54601.

Food banks, clothing and soup kitchens

A Place of Grace is located at 919 Hood St, La Crosse, WI 54601. They have groceries, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, and baby formula among other items. Phone - (608) 782-6224.

2nd Chance Resale is at 2420 Rose Street in Bridgeview Plaza. There will gently used furniture, computers, coaches, bedding and more for sale in La Crosse County. (608) 782-2107

TLC Center has not only free food or groceries, but also cleaning supplies, paper goods, and more. Phone (608) 781-9111.

Goodwill Retail Store – La Crosse – The charity has work clothing for the under or unemployed in La Cross. They also provide job placement and training, case management, practice interview sessions, and other support. Address - 3954 Mormon Coulee Road, phone (608) 783-2710.

Children’s Clothes Closet is at 1010 Sill Street, La Crosse. Free maternity clothes, items for new moms, cribs, and school supplies are issued. Phone - (608) 386-5699.





Several other food pantries can help in an emergency. Many of the charities also feed seniors at home, give snacks to children, and operate USDA programs. Find free food pantries in La Crosse.

Free medical clinics and prescription help in La Crosse County

Chippewa Valley Technical College has students that provide free medical or dental care to patients with BadgerCare. They will be supervised, but the level of care is very high. Dial (715) 833-6271 for appointments.

La Crosse Community Dental Clinic is located at 1300 Badger Lane in La Crosse Wisconsin. Services include cleanings, exams, extractions, and X-Rays. Dentists and volunteers provide the care to children as well as the uninsured. Medications will be given when insurance does not pay for it. Phone - (608) 782-2840.

Marquette University Dental Clinic is help people without dental insurance. Income targets are also in place. Dial (414) 288-6790 for free care.

Chippewa Valley Free Clinic – Many free or low cost health care services are provided. The non-profit is at 836 Richard Dr, Eau Claire, WI 54701, dial (715) 839-8477. The center is federal government qualified. Receive check ups, free medications, vouchers, immunizations, and care for infants. They are also a resource for applications to Medicaid or prescription drug programs. Find how to apply for patient assistance programs.

Crescent Community Health Center is a regional community clinic. Families may need to get transportation to the non-profit. Call (563) 690-2852. They are a sliding fee clinic.


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