Marathon County assistance programs.

Find agencies that can provide grants to help with rent or energy bills, free food from pantries or charities, medical care, and other financial help in Marathon County. There are multiple churches that offer emergency help, government assistance programs for the low income, non-profits, and other support. Locate how to get all this financial aid and so much more, even free health care.

Housing, food and utility assistance

The United Way of Marathon County has received addition federal funds that will be used to help individuals and families in need. The additional federal funds will be used to distribute housing, food, rent, and mortgage assistance through the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board.

The need for aid is tremendous in Marathon County. Phone calls and requests for emergency food assistance were up 20 percent compared with last year. In addition, requests for financial assistance for help paying utility bills was up 34 percent from last year, and also requests for housing assistance, such as rent and mortgager help, rose 18 percent over the year.

Some of the agencies and charities that will be distributing the grants and assistance include The Neighbors' Place, Energy Services, North Central Community Action Program, The Salvation Army of Marathon County, The Women's Community, and Randlin Homes. Call the United Way of Marathon County (715) 848-2255.




Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse - They have limited financial assistance. There may be a waiting list. Some of the programs offered include.

  • Heating, utility, and water bill assistance - Financial assistance may be available, and it may be able to provide up to $100 in situations. Help is available where a family will lose electric, water or gas service, or if the customer is behind on payments for these services.
  • Real Estate and Property Taxes - Assistance up to $100 when funds are available, to help pay property and real estate taxes.
  • Rent and security deposits - Up to $100 may be available to help pay rent or a security deposit.
  • Food assistance - Vouchers can be offered for free food or groceries.
  • Medical and prescription assistance - Receive vouchers that can provide free medicines.
  • Transportation assistance - Money for gasoline, bus tokens, and other emergency transportation assistance may be offered to those in need of help.





Forward Service Corporation - Emergency Assistance may be available to families with a children. Housing assistance may be available and offer rent, security deposit, or mortgage help. Utility and heating bill assistance can help people with a disconnection notice. Wausau Wisconsin. Call (715) 261-8715.

North Central Community Action Program - Call them at (715) 424-2581. Programs offered to Marathon County Wisconsin residents include - Electric Bill Service Payment Assistance, Gas Service Payment Assistance, Information on government programs and local charities, low income assistance, Rent Payment Assistance, Rental Deposit Assistance, Fuel, utilities, and heating aid.

Saint Vincent Depaul - This is an outreach organization that is involved in providing temporary/emergency assistance for basic human needs, such as housing, shelter, utilities, food, clothing, transportation, that may fall outside the scope of existing community service network or Marathon charities.

Wausau Salvation Army - The non-profit Salvation Army organization may be able to provide limited short-term lodging, shelter, and limited benefits for housing when funding is available. If funding is available, money may be used for a rent voucher to help partially pay monthly rent and housing expenses in an emergency situation. You need to ask and meet with a social worker. Get more information on rent assistance. Call (715) 845-4272.

Other services offered in Marathon County can help with other basic needs. This include funds for heating and energy bills. The Salvation Army can provide free Christmas assistance, meals, food, and school supplies for students. Call your local center at the number above to learn about the resources and programs they offer the low income and seniors. Or read more.




Emergency rental assistance is provided by charities as well as non-profits in Marathon County. Most of the financial aid, or even loans, is for veterans and military services. However other low income families may receive help on a case by case basis.

Not only may money be offered for paying rent, but there are also grants for security deposits, transitional housing, and other resources available. Funds are limited, but find more details on rental assistance in Marathon County.

Energy Services, Inc. - Provides heating and utility bill assistance for income-eligible people. Through the Crisis Assistance Program, people who have no heat and no ability to pay for heat may qualify for help through two services offered. One is known as emergency / furnace assistance. The other is called pro-active services. Dial (715) 842-3111

Food in Marathon County Wisconsin

Several food pantries and banks are listed below. Also find a listing of how to get cheap groceries.

Saint Florian’s Parish Center - This is a local food pantry for anyone, whether families or individuals, in emergency need of food and aid. Clients can be served once a month or more depending upon situation. Hatley WI (715) 446-3085.

Spencer’s King Pantry (phone (715) 659-4052) - This is a local community food pantry for area residents who are in emergency need of food or groceries.





The Neighbor’s Place - Distributes free food, personal care items, diapers, toiletries and pet food. Call (715) 845-1966.

Wesley United Methodist Church - Call (715) 842-3768. Offers free food to people in need of help.

Several other soup kitchens and food banks operate in the county. They can be used in an emergency or the staff can refer clients to SNAP food stamps and public aid. Everything from groceries to clothes, Christmas or Thanksgiving meals, and other goods are offered. Find Marathon County food pantries.

By Jon McNamara

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