Wisconsin receives federal funding through government grants and adds to this a mix of state revenue to provide programs that support the state’s neediest residents. The help these programs offer include funding to purchase food, health insurance and utilities. In several cases, the state even offers temporary cash assistance to those trying to become more self-sufficient through job training and placement services. Here is a quick rundown of the assistance available and where to apply for help in Wisconsin.
Supplemental Food Support
Wisconsin offers several places to turn for families having trouble putting food on their tables. FoodShare Wisconsin is the state’s food stamps or supplemental food supply program. You can apply online or by calling toll-free 1-800-362-3002. Additional support is available to pregnant women and families with children under age 5 through the local WIC program. Low-income parents of children attending public schools can also apply for their kids to receive meals, milk and snacks through the Department of Public Instruction. Apply for any of the state’s child nutrition programs such as the National School Lunch Program at your child’s school.
Assistance with providing health care for your family is available through two Wisconsin programs. Medicaid offers health care to Wisconsin residents who are disabled or who are 65 years old or older. The second state program provides health care to children under 19 whose families cannot afford private coverage through other sources. You can apply for BadgerCare online or by calling the DHS toll-free at 1-800-362-3002.
The Division of Energy Services offers two programs to help low-income Wisconsin residents with their utility bills. The energy assistance program helps around 230,000 households provide both regular and emergency support to afford home heating and cooling expenses. Weatherization assistance is also available to help these same households afford energy efficiency upgrades to bring down their yearly utilities cost. For more information about either program call toll-free 1-866-432-8947.
Temporary Cash Payments
Wisconsin Works will pay you temporary cash assistance and provide additional services while you are enrolled in job training and placement offered through the program. To be eligible you must either be pregnant or already a parent of a minor child and have a family income considered to be at or below 115% of the federal poverty guideline. The other program that will pay temporary cash assistance is Unemployment Insurance. If you have lost your job through no fault of your own, you can file your claim online to receive support while you start your search for a new job. You must seek work and be available to start a new job when offered while accepting unemployment payments.
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