Racine County public assistance programs and Human Services.
The main place to turn to for government benefits in Racine County is the Human Services Department. Social workers from the county can direct qualified low income residents to various federal government and state of Wisconsin programs. Some examples include FoodShare Wisconsin, WHEAP, Job placement, and Emergency Assistance. There are a number of other public programs administered as well.
Programs that provide food in Racine County
The main nutritional programs include WIC, FoodShare (or food stamps), Meals on Wheels, and programs for the elderly in Racine County. They focus on preventing hunger in the county.
Meals on Wheels is for the homebound, including disabled and senior citizens. The county, working with non-profits and charities such as Agency on Aging offices, offers a low cost, hot, nutritious meal. It is for those who are unable to shop for food or prepare their own meals. In addition to the fresh service, frozen meals are also available for weekends and evenings.
FoodShare applications are processed by Human Services Department. This is the nation's primary public assistance program for those who can't afford to buy groceries on their own. It is based on the modern version of the federal government created food stamp program, and it operates as a recipe for good health. Vouchers, or debit cards, may be passed out to low income families in Racine County so they can buy groceries at their local store.
WIC is formally known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Among other things, it will encourage the health and well-being of nutritionally at-risk pregnant women or new mothers. It can also provide food, formula, and assistance for children and infants. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, nutrition, and referral to other health and nutrition services, even including free food pantries in Racine County.
A senior nutrition program is for adults over the age of 60 years and senior citizens. It is a publicly funded program that is available throughout Racine County Wisconsin and can be modified for special diets. The free meals served to the elderly are prepared by Lincoln Lutheran staff. Appointments are needed, and anyone 60 years or older and spouse of any age are welcome. Dial 262-634-2334.
Human Service resources for paying bills and rental expenses
Financial aid, including government grants may be offered from Emergency Assistance (EA), low income WHEAP energy bill assistance, weatherization, and other sources. These are some of the most sought after public aid benefits, but resources are very limited.
WHEAP - Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance for paying heating bills, including gas and electric. There is also a crisis component for emergency situations in Racine County. Most types of heating and fuel sources are eligible to receive assistance from this federally government funded program. What that means is whether you heat with propane, wood, natural gas, electricity, or fuel oil, low income energy assistance is available from WHEAP if you qualify. Please call Energy Services Department for Racine County for details.
EA - Emergency Assistance can help those facing evictions, homelessness, or residents that have been impacted by a natural disaster, such as a fire, flood, or another event. Public funds from the Human Services Department can be used to try to stop impending homelessness as well.
The program may be able to pay for a portion of rent or housing costs in order to retain permanent housing accommodations. Human Services of Racine can also help pay for temporary shelter as well for families or individuals facing homelessness. This may also include grants to pay for security deposits, transitional housing, or related costs.
Weatherization is available, and often those families that have qualified for WHEAP can benefit from this program. It is a free energy conservation program that is funded by the state of Wisconsin as well as the federal government. Other typical clients include people who are enrolled into Supplemental Security Income or receive public aid from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Some of what weatherization may provide for includes health and safety inspection, repair or replace furnaces, installation of water heaters, free information energy conservation measures and other home updates.
Medical bill assistance from the Human Services Department helps individuals and families pay for health care needs. Some examples of what low income or uninsured families may qualify for includes Medicare, BadgerCare, Medicaid or others. For example, many people may be able to get help paying for prescriptions or dental needs through those public medical care programs.
One of the key partner of Human Services is Health Care Network, Inc. This a regional non-profit agency that is involved in providing low cost or free health care to residents of Racine County Wisconsin. It is for those who have a limited income and are medically uninsured. Doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals donate their time and services to the needs of the less fortunate.
Some examples of what may be offered by the Health Care Network include pharmaceutical assistance, free or low cost medical, diagnostic tests and dental visits, or contact the network for information and referral to specialists, community health agencies, and more.
Low cost child care is part of Wisconsin Shares. This is a state funded child care assistance program that is available to income qualified families. Vouchers and subsidies can help pay for costs while the parent works, is in job training, or is attending work or school related activities. A co-payment is often required from the parents, based on the family's income.
Job Seeker Workshops in Racine County offer career development, job search techniques, personal growth, skills training, and small business development. Participants can get "take-aways" regarding successful job search techniques and career objectives. These type of employment services, and more, are available at the Racine County Workforce Development Center. All of this is provided for free to clients.
The Human Services Department is located at 316 Rapids Drive, Racine Wisconsin 53404. Call 262-637-7750.