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Assistance programs in Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano, Vilas County

Find details on charities, non-profits, and government programs in the northeast area of Wisconsin. They provide help with rent, utility bills, housing expenses, and other forms of financial aid. Or find free stuff in Oconto, Oneida, Shawano, Menominee, and Vilas County, including gasoline vouchers, clothes, or government grant money.

Community Action Agency Client Service Center - This is the regional community action agency, and among programs and resources are it provides individuals with access to an emergency free food pantry. There is also, on occasion, emergency financial assistance (money for paying rent arrears and utilities, including water bills and heating expenses). In addition, the weatherization program is run for renters or home owners to help them save money, and commodities are available quarterly to help feed families. The location is Menominee Wisconsin, dial (920) 834-4621.

Department of Human Services - Each county has one. Call your local county office, and the numbers are below. Services administered include include rent payments to avoid homelessness or grants for housing payments. There are also low cost loans for home repairs, property tax payments when tax sales are imminent or someone is facing a foreclosure. Or apply for SNAP food stamps or LIHEAP, which is financial assistance with home heating, electric, and water bills, and referrals to government programs and organizations like the Salvation Army. Menominee WI based, call (906) 863-9965.

Wisconsin section 8 housing is available from Menominee Housing Commission (phone (906) 863-8717). Pay rent according to adjusted household income, and the amount of rent you pay is capped. The programs focuses on families with children.

St. Vincent DePaul of Menominee (call (906) 863-3405) runs a food pantry and has free vouchers for groceries, clothes or transportation. They may have some limited financial assistance for paying bills.

Salvation Army, which has a main office in Rhinelander Wisconsin (Call ((715) 360-5826), offers emergency Funds for paying for rent and lodging (one night only). Or get free groceries and access to food pantries, women’s outreach, utilities and heating bill assistance (must have disconnect notice). The Salvation Army also has free Christmas toys as well as school supplies along with gas vouchers or discounts for prescription medication, among other services.




NEWCAP ((920) 834-4621) distributes grants to qualified people from FEMA. The FEMA program may be able to help supplement food programs, offer the low income rent/mortgage payment assistance, utilities, fuel costs, heating oil, and water bills. In addition, the grants and funding from this program may provide shelter in motels/hotels when necessary to qualified people.

Other programs run by NEWCAP include the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) (which offers emergency rent help) as well as the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance with heating costs and energy bills to low-income Wisconsin residents. There are also free Coats for Kids and Back to School Programs, Section 8 housing vouchers, free foreclosure prevention counseling to homeowners. The community action agency also helps with budgeting as well as employment needs, or get information on government mortgage programs. Read more on NEWCAP assistance programs.

While the not for profit community action agency referenced above can help with nutritional needs, there are other places to turn to as well. Food banks and pantries in northeastern Wisconsin include Mid-County Ministerium Food Bank (call 906) 753-4732), Precious Catholic church (phone (906) 753-2562), and Hillside Assembly of God (main number is (920) 855-2962). Find additional Wisconsin food banks and pantries.

Forward Service Corporation of Oconto Wisconsin (phone (800) 242-7334) - Rental assistance for homeless individuals as well as free eviction prevention programs are offered. Or clients can enroll into  intensive case management, transportation, or get assistance for homeless families and individuals. FSET (Food Stamp Employment and Training): Job search/referrals, child care expenses, resume and interviewing skills, career planning, and help and support with getting a GED are other social services.

Shawano County Job Center - Find help in securing basic needs, health care as well as medical bill assistance and medications. Or job seekers in Oneida, Shawano, Menominee, Oconto and Vilas County can apply for low income energy assistance, food stamps, government food programs such as SNAP, and employment options. Call (715) 524-2511.





The leading dental and health care clinic to call for help is Greater Menomonie Are Free Clinic. The community clinic offers a wide number of comprehensive dental and medical care to all residents and patients who are in need regardless of health status and their ability to pay their medical and dental bills. A sliding fee discount program is available for the low income as well as uninsured or underinsured patients.

Government programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and all third party insurance is accepted and billed as appropriate. Services and resources provided include all types of prenatal care, health physicals, minor surgical procedures, diagnostic laboratory tests, EPSDT screenings, EKGs, immunizations, injury  prevention, and minor emergency care. In addition, the clinic also has a program that offers both free glasses and eye exams for children who qualify for assistance. Call 715-308-3808.


By Jon McNamara














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