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Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano, Vilas assistance programs.

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 aid.

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, 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. Menominee Wisconsin (800) 562-9131.

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, housing payments, home repairs, property tax payments when tax sales are imminent or someone is facing a foreclosure, financial assistance with home heating, electric, and water bills, and referrals to government programs and organizations like the Salvation Army. Menominee (906) 863-9965

Wisconsin section 8 housing is available from Menominee Housing Commission ((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 ((906) 863-3405) runs a food pantry and vouchers, and may have some limited financial assistance for paying bills.


Salvation Army, which has a main office in Rhinelander Wisconsin ((715) 365-1539), offers emergency Funds for paying for rent and lodging (one night only), free food and access to food pantries, women’s outreach, utilities and heating bill assistance (must have disconnect notice), and 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), the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance with heating costs and energy bills to low-income Wisconsin residents, Coats for Kids and Back to School Programs, Section 8 housing vouchers, free foreclosure prevention counseling, information on government mortgage programs. Read more 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 (906) 753-4932, Precious Catholic church ((906) 753-2562), and Hillside Assembly of God ((920) 855-2963). Find additional Wisconsin food banks and pantries.




Forward Service Corporation of Oconto Wisconsin ((800) 242-7334) - Rental assistance for homeless individuals, eviction prevention programs, intensive case management, transportation, 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.

Shawano County Job Center - Find help in securing basic needs, health care as well as medical bill assistance and medications, energy assistance, food stamps, government food programs, and employment options. Call (715) 524-2511

The leading dental and health care clinic to call for help is Upper Peninsula Association Rural Health Services, Inc. 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 (800) 270-2905




By Jon McNamara

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