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Wood County Wisconsin assistance programs.

Help with rent, mortgage, and bills in Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids

There are a few different non-profit organizations, charities, and government programs in the area to contact for assistance. Various programs and services are offered to low income, the elderly, working poor, and the disabled.

Emergency financial assistance and self-sufficient programs

Three of the main places to contact are North Central Community Action Program of Wisconsin Rapids, the Salvation Army, and also Community Action Program of Marshfield. Below you will find information on the services offered by each agency.

North Central Community Action Program of Wisconsin Rapids - This non profit agency provides services and resources to stimulate a better focus of all available local, private, state of Wisconsin, and federal government programs and resources. Specifically the program offered provide information, advocacy, referral to Wisconsin and government programs, and advocacy services.

In addition, some of the emergency assistance includes food (screening agent for SWEPS), free and discounted clothing (at the Family Resource Center), emergency housing and rent payment assistance, educational/tuition payment assistance (WIA Funded program), transitional housing (3 area units) for homeless persons, limited entry employment, home rehab and repair programs (has waiting list), as well as limited financial assistance for small farm operators, energy bill conservation and a weatherization program. Phone 715-424-2581.

Wisconsin Rapids Salvation Army - The local Wood County Wisconsin Salvation Army provides qualified individuals with short-term emergency financial assistance. Keep in mind that crisis intervention authorizes after 4:30 PM. Assistance programs offered includes emergency services, housing and rent help. disaster services, Christmas projects, medical, emergency services, financial assistance for utility and heating bills, special projects as identified for needy persons. In addition, qualified individuals and families can receive emergency gas money (a maximum of $15) one time a year. Medical and prescription assistance may also be offered. Phone (715) 421-2345.




Community Action Program of Marshfield - This agency also helps people in Wood County. The services offered include. Dial (715) 387-2626.

  • Home Program: Those owner-occupied weatherization units that are in poor shape and that may be in need of major construction work that is not available through weatherization services (i.e. septic system, roof repair, etc.) can receive various forms of assistance in the form of a deferred loan. The loan will be zero percent interest and it will be payable when home is no longer occupied by the person originally receiving loan or the home is sold. Click here for more on government loan programs.
  • Energy Conservation: The federal government and Wisconsin funded Weatherization program provides low income and elderly with a variety of energy conservation measures as well as home improvement. Some of the specifics may include Insulation, furnace and foundation repairs, window repair and replacement, etc. In addition, most of the material and labor costs are provided to eligible low-income home owners or renters who participate in the program.

Wood County Health Clinics

Family Health Center of Marshfield is a a federal government funded medical clinic/program that help people with low incomes or no health insurance. The clinic provides preventive health care and assistance to families or individuals that possess a limited income. Programs offered by the facility include preventive medical and dental care for children who are under age 13. They also offer, among many other options and services, extraction of teeth, X Rays, oral surgery, preventative and general check ups, surgical root canals, and much more. Dial (715) 221-9515.

Another clinic that provides both medical care, and other assistance, is St Vincent De Paul Outreach. They offer free or discounted prescriptions, eyeglasses and vision tests, clothing and household items, and a free medical care clinic. Dial (715) 387-0395.

Emergency free food or vouchers

Soup or Socks - They run an assistance program that provides emergency free food for local families and individuals in need of help. Dial (715) 387-1796.

South Wood County Emergency Pantry Shelf (phone (715) 422-2050) is another agency to call.





Debt reduction programs

Believe it or not, but Catholic Charities runs debt programs in the county. Both counselors and partner organizations that are part of the organization provides qualified residents with help with debt and credit card problems. The goal is to get people to work out a debt payment plan, gain budgeting skills, get money management program back on track and, if debts and their bills are truly unmanageable and there is no way to pay them, then counselors will establish and administer a common sense pay-back plan, called a debt management program (DMP), for the client. Phone 888-212-4357. Find additional ways to get debt help.


By Jon McNamara














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