Rental assistance in Marathon County.

Charity organizations and government offices serve as a contact point for emergency rental assistance programs in the region. They help low income families as well as residents facing a short term hardship. Some of the agencies also focus on providing rent help for a certain situation, such as grants for veterans or housing for the disabled or senior citizens that live in the Wausau area.

The staff from these outreach organizations work to ensure that everyone has their basic human needs met. This includes a place to live (shelter) and will therefore also ensure they have some assistance paying rent in a crisis. If an individual in Marathon County is homeless, then these charities as well as churches will try to provide some form of short term housing along with funds to pay a security deposit.

Not only may funds be available for paying rent, but after a face to face visit into a new home, other needs may be addressed too. This includes free furniture for an apartment, legal counseling, money for utility deposit costs, and first months rent payment that a landlord may require.

American Legion Montgomery Dudley Post 10
Main address is 1001 Golf Club Rd
Wausau, WI 54403
Dial (715) 581-5210
Limited rental assistance is for veterans only. There is money for gas, housing, back rent, and more. Staff also help move veterans into a new home or provide no-interest loans to pay rent that can be issued from credit unions.

Red Cross – Marathon County Chapter
Location is 1602 2nd St.
Wausau, WI 54403-3401
Dial (715) 409-0815
Emergency support is for active duty military personnel only. Everything from travel to car repairs, funds to pay security deposits or rent, and other help is available. If an applicant is not in the military, then referrals are given to other emergency rent assistance programs.





St Lawrence - Catholic Charities Of The Diocese - Wausau Office
Church address: 1105 South 10th Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401
(715) 849-3311
A church based group. Based on the results of a service plan, there may be rent and security deposit assistance, gasoline for work, money for heating bills, and more. Some churches in Marathon County may issue free motel vouchers in addition to offering rent help.
Another Catholic Charity site is at 540 S 3rd Ave, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401, (866) 849-3311. This church may also help with rent, heating bills, and coordinate other shelter. A focus is on single moms and low income seniors.

Hmong American Center
1109 6th St
Wausau, Wisconsin 54403
For information, call (715) 842-8390
Housing and support is only for the Hmong community and other refugees in Marathon County.

Saint Vincent De Paul Cabrini Conference
131 W Thomas Street
Wausau, WI 54403
The church groups offer short term rental and financial assistance to the low to moderate income in Marathon County.




Marathon County Veterans Service Office
Main office: 212 River Dr Ste 1
Wausau, Wisconsin 54403
Intake number - (715) 261-1141
Assistance is for veterans,their spouses, children, or survivors. Get help in apply for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits; grants for paying rent, insurance, burial and death benefits, and other aid. They also direct clients to emergency temporary assistance, such as for rental payment or utility bill assistance on a case by case basis.

North Central Community Action Program
911 Jackson St Rm 104
Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 842-0681
The non-profit operates the Emergency Housing Assistance Funds (EHAF). Cash grants may provide housing assistance to Marathon County families that would otherwise be evicted. There may be security deposit help for victims of abuse, money for back rent, and transitional housing for the disabled.

The Salvation Army
202 Callon St., Wausau
(715) 845-4272
They offer help from EHAF as well. See above.





AIDS Resource Center Of Wisconsin
Address: 1105 Grand Ave Ste 1
Schofield, WI 54476
(800) 551-3311
Tenants with or affected by HIV/AIDS can apply for housing, medical care, furniture, and more. There are government grants to pay for rent, help in applying for benefits such as section 8 housing, legal aid, and other social services to Marathon County families that are financially eligible.

Marathon Judicare is located at 401 5th Street #200, Wausau, Wisconsin 54403. Dial (715) 842-1681. The non-profit law firm can help deal with upcoming evictions. They also partner with low income tenants and seniors that are in rent arrears or living in unsafe housing. The free legal aid can assist with housing needs.


By Jon McNamara

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