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Assistance programs Outagamie County and Appleton.

Charities, churches, and government agencies provide (1) emergency financial assistance as well as (2) long term social services in Outagamie County. Find rent or utility bill help, free stuff including food or school supplies, job training, and other financial assistance in Appleton and the county. Locate agencies that help the low income, elderly, or working poor.

The financial help for housing or other bills. Or find free supplies like groceries from a pantry, homeless motel or hotel vouchers, Christmas gifts or clothing, and more in Appleton. The grant money as well as financial resources in Outagamie County help struggling households.

Low income housing and rent help

The Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities provides information on rental programs as well as affordable housing to low-income families. there may also be short term lodging, such as for a hotel or motel room. There are three main components of the financial aid that is provided, in addition to the vouchers. Also learn more on homeless hotel vouchers.

The so called Transitional Housing Program provides affordable housing (30% of a families income will be pay toward rent expenses and in some cases utility expenses). the program also provides counseling and case management as well as life skills training.

Through the case management program, individuals and families who are part of the program are connected to government programs as well as community resources that help them find jobs, access transportation assistance, help them receive essential mental health or general medical care, learn parenting skills, and receive training.

The last part of the program is life skills training, which includes home health and safety, debt help, budgeting aid, as well as general coping skills. Clients can also learn about education assistance (which often involves helping tenants find resources to complete their GED or HSED), employment skills (such as resume writing, advice, and interviewing), and time management skills. Or more non-traditional ways to make money, such as marketing, on-line surveys and more may be offered for extra cash. Learn more on get paid to take surveys, or for the housing call (920) 731-6644.




Free legal aid and assistance

The non-profit law firm, LEGAL ACTION OF WISCONSIN, INC., helps people who can’t afford an attorney. The firm provides various areas of free legal advice and services include employment, free legal help for foreclosures, rent help, housing, government and public benefits, consumer debt issues, and family law. Call the law firm at (888) 278-0633, or click here to learn more on free lawyers in Wisconsin.

Day care for children

Project Bridges Day Care Center & Preschool is an accredited, 5-star early learning center offering quality, affordable day care for children ages 6 weeks - 6 years. They accept state of Wisconsin child care assistance, and also offer tuition subsidies, a language scholarship program, and also can provide special needs support for qualified families. Call the center at (920) 739-3840 for more information.

Financial assistance for paying bills in Outagamie County

Outagamie County Energy Services is run from 420 E. Longview Drive, Suite A, Appleton, Wisconsin 54911. This resource may be able to provide financial assistance and grants for electric bills, heating costs, and energy crisis situations such as disconnections. It will make a one-time cash payment during the winter heating season from October to May. The exact amount of the heating bill assistance benefit paid out will vary based on several factors. In addition to money for heating bills, Energy Services can also pay for and provide for furnace or boiler repairs. Heating system assistance includes payment for repairs or replacement of boiler of heating unit.

Salvation Army of Fox Cities also covers Outagamie County Wisconsin. A center will provide financial assistance as well as free stuff. There may be housing counseling for paying rent and utilities to prevent homelessness or evictions. Provides limited free gas vouchers and bus passes for medical or employment transportation.

The Salvation Army also gives out free food boxes, Thanksgiving meals, or Christmas toys from Adopt a Family. The address is 130 East North Street, Appleton, WI 54911, call (920) 734-3324. A second Salvation Army center is at 227 E State Street, Black Creek, Wisconsin 54106, call (920) 984-9305. The Outagamie locations are also a great place to go to for referrals to Wisconsin government aid and social services.





To learn about public benefit programs, contact the Economic Support Division. This office offers applications to government assistance, including Foodshare (SNAP), sliding fee or free day care vouchers, senior care, and medical assistance. In general, most of these forms of public aid require a work or job training commitment, the the division can help with that as well. Any low income family, the unemployed, or people living in poverty can try this office. More on public assistance in Outgamie County.

Housing and rent programs may help with everything from paying security deposits to back rent to stop an eviction. When applying for financial help from the Outagamie County organizations, priority is for seniors, single moms, military veterans, and the disabled among others. Qualified applicants may be given a grant or other form of support. Locate rental assistance in Outagamie County.

Appleton Inc. St. Vincent De Paul Society has two centers. They are located at 1924 West College Avenue, Appleton, Wisconsin 54914, (phone (920) 739-1679) as well as 217 East 2nd Street, Kaukauna, WI 54130, (phone (920) 766-9221). This social service organization provides the needy with basic emergency and household needs.

For example, get help paying rent, funds for paying electric bills, money for medical emergencies, purchase gas, and purchase bus tickets. The local St. Vincent de Paul works to provide basic household assistance to individuals and families in need, along with connecting people to other sources of help. Find help from Outagamie County St. Vincent.

Outgamie Community Action - CAP - The agency administers a wide range of programs for the region. Not only may they have direct financial aid or government grants in some cases, but there may also be referrals and other services provided too. The goal is to help low income families and people facing poverty.

  • Housing solutions can include emergency shelters or information on local rent assistance programs.
  • Transportation from CAP Services is available in the form of Ways to Work, which can help families that need a car for work.
  • Case management will help individuals in Appleton and other areas get the stability and support they need for their financial situation.
  • Advice, credit counseling and low interest loans are for potential homebuyers.

Referrals to government grants programs, food pantries, dental clinics, and much more is available. More on CAP Services programs.

Regional free food banks or soup kitchens, which may be located at churches or other non-profits in Outagamie County, work to prevent hunger. The assistance available is extensive and addresses various needs. Some of what may be provided is below.

  • Emergency boxes of food, which may have fresh or canned groceries.
  • Applications to WIC vouchers or food stamp benefits in Wisconsin.
  • Other services, including clothes, Christmas meals, and referrals are offered. Read more Outagamie County food pantries.

Free dental clinics and medical assistance

A local clinic, Ministry Dental Center, was created as a result of a partnership that was formed between Saint Michael’s Hospital, CAP Services, and Delta Dental of Wisconsin. The vision for this clinic is to offer patients a so called “dental home,” where patients can come into the clinic and continue to seek both treatment and preventive care to maintain and improve their oral health and receive access to a wide variety of dental programs.





Weatherization programs and home repairs

The local community action agency, CAP Services, Inc. (phone number (715) 343-7500) offers low to moderate income, elderly, unemployed and other qualified residents with access to programs that will help pay for home repairs. They also offer clients access to programs that will help them reduce their energy bills.

Homeowners that qualified for the weatherization program and that were considered to be high energy consuming homes reduced the annual energy usage and utility bills of their homes by an average of 30 percent and as much as 50 percent in some cases. Weatherization is a free program for qualified homeowners.

By Jon McNamara

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