Housing & Energy Programs
Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance
WHEAP provides a one time annual heating Assistance payment. Household income limit is 150% of poverty. Households may also receive crisis assistance (subject to funding availability) for additional fuel, furnace repair or furnace replacement. Case Managers are on call for crisis assistance during off-hours and are contacted through the local sheriff's department.
Available to homeowners or renters at or below 150%
poverty, WX provides energy efficiency and health and safety measures funded
through the State Department of Administration, Division of Energy.
Assistance provided includes
Provides down payment and/or closing cost assistance toward
a home purchase for households with members who have a disability.
Home Rehab (Repair) Program
Home repair assistance to households whose income does not
exceed 80% of county median income. Rehabilitation funds assist with home
repairs and accessibility modifications based on HUD Housing Quality Standards,
and each household's specific accessibility needs.
Community Development Block Grant
CDBG funding assists homeowners with major repairs, septic
replacement, well repair/replacement, etc. Income limit is 80% of County
Emergency Assistance Program -
Community Development Block Grant
EAP-CDBG funding assists communities and individuals
affected by natural disasters by providing funding to help repair homes and
Rental Housing Development (RHD) Activities
CWCAC is a designated County Development Housing Organization recognized by the Federal Department of Housing & Urban Development and the State Department of Commerce. Our focus is developing affordable rental units in our geographic area. We have completed six projects totaling 69 units
Crisis Assistance Programs
This program provides a one-time crisis assistance to households - generally rent or mortgage. This program actually combines a number of different funding sources including CSBG, Emergency Food & Shelter Program, Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and United Way. Client applications are reviewed and approved based on a number of criteria, including funding availability, the ability to positively resolve the crisis, and other factors.
Emergency Food & Shelter Program
ESFP is a restricted federal grant. Program expenditures are limited to food, meals, shelter (motel/hotel vouchers), rent/mortgage assistance and utility assistance. EFSP is governed by a National Board that selects jurisdictions for funding, and based on the latest census and unemployment figures determines the amount of funding to be given. Local Boards are then convened to determine the highest need and best use of those funds and to select Local Recipient Organizations (LRO's) to provide emergency food and shelter services. Each year, needs are reassessed in an effort to adapt to community needs. We receive EFSP funds in each of the five counties, and are able to say how much we want to put towards rent/mortgage assistance and how much towards motel stays. The criteria we use is that we will provide rental assistance to individuals or families with a five-day eviction notice and verification of employment, or motel stays to Homeless individuals or families.
We receive funds from United Way of Portage, United Way of Dodge County, Baraboo Area United Fund, Reedsburg United Fund, Wisconsin Dells Area United Fund and United Way of Inner Wisconsin (for Adams County). We have not requested funds from Sauk-Prairie United Way for the last three funding cycles as the demand from that part of Sauk County has not been as great. We use these funds for emergency shelter stays and rent/mortgage assistance for families or individuals. If a motel stay, there must be verification of homelessness; if rent/mortgage assistance, there must be verification of employment.
This is a grant from HUD through the State of Wisconsin, Department of Commerce,
Bureau of Housing. It is used to support River Haven Holeless Shelter in
Portage and to support our Transitional Housing Program. Residents at
River Haven can apply for security deposit funds and/or first month's rent.
Project Chance (PC) Scattered Site Transitional Housing
PC is a Supportive Housing Program for homeless families or individuals funded
by a HUD Continuum of Care Grant. The three goals of the program are to help
participants obtain and remain in permanent housing; to help participants
increase skills and/or income; and to help the participants achieve greater
self-determiniation. Case Managers work with program participants for up to 24
months to help connect them with housing, employments, benefits such as Food
Stamps or SSI, W-2, educaiton/job skills training, counseling for mental health
or AODA issues, childcare etc. We contract with individual landlord's on behalf
of the clients and provide for education (GED?HSED, CNA classes, etc.),
employment (work clothing, tools, etc.), children, transportation (gas or taxi
vouchers), medical/dental/physical exams/prescriptions, and household goods.
The agency must provide cash match, which comes in the form of office
space/utilities, Case Manager's travel, staff wages, etc.
Get Smart Skills Enhancement Program
2005 we entered into a contract with the Department of Workforce Development to
increase the income and economic self-sufficiency of working poor households by
helping adult members acquire the skills needed to obtain higher paying jobs
with health insurance benefits. We will work with eligible participants during
the year to identify training goals that will result in an increase in their
annual income, by increasing their hourly wage, increasing the number of hours
worked weekly and accessing employer-sponsored health insurance. Eligible
individuals must have incomes at or below 150% of poverty and be employed a
minimum of 20 hours per week. The participants will receive financial support
to cover the costs of short-term training, designed to increase their
marketability and employability. Additional financial assistance is available
for training-rrelated childcare and transportation. there are limits to the
amount of financial support. Staff provides a variety of support and advocacy
services that look at family strenghts as well as needs. Participants receive
assistance in developing their individualized training plans, problem-solving,
career assessments, accessing community resources and job search.
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
This program is contracted through WHEDA to serve Adams, Columbia, Rusk and
Taylor Counties in providing rent assistance to eligible households at or below
50% of County Median Income (CMI). The number of vouchers we are
authorized to fill may fluctuate during the contract period based on available
funds. We maintain a separate waiting list for each county; the wait time
averages between one and four years to receive assistance. Once you
receive a voucher, you would be required to lease up for a minimum of one year
in the county that you applied for if you have not lived in that county.
Any type of private rental unit is allowable as long as it fits within the
payment standard as set by HUD and passes a housing quality standard inspection.
Eligible families pay between 30-40% of their adjusted income for rent; the
balance is subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD). Resident portions of the rent are re-evaluated at least once a
year. Applications may be requested by contacting our main office and
speaking to the receptionist.
TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program)
CWCAC is the contracted emergency feeding organization (EFO) for eight counties
and currently sub-contracts with 15 pantries located in Adams, Columbia, Dodge,
Juneau, Marquetter, Sauk, Waushara and Wood counties. As EFO, we order and
distribute USDA food to the contracted food pantires. Eligibility is based
on each household's residency and monthly gross income (income is currently set
at 185% of the Federal poverty level). Each food pantry provides a
nutritionally balanced food package to last approximately 2-3 days. To
find the food pantry in your community, please contact your local Health & Human
Services Department. Households may utilize the pantry in their community
once a month but additional resources are available in extreme cases. Each
pantry also utilizes the Second Harvest Food Bank by obtaining food for a shared
maintenance cost of 18 cents per pound. Funding resources that support
these pantires include donations from local service groups, churches, and
private citizens; Area United Ways & United Way Funds; Federal Emergency
management Agency (FEMA); and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
Agency fundraisers include a summer gold outing and the winter Canadian Pacific
Sauk County Children First Program
Children First is a program designed to help non-custodial parents meet their
child support obligations. The program is a partnership between Sauk
County Department of Human Services, Child Support, Judicial System, and Central
Wisconsin Community Action Council. In this 16-week program, the person
meets with a Case Manager weekly as they look for work or are working.
This way the Case Manager acts as a go between for the participant and the other
agencies answering questions they may have about the other.
Wisconsin Employment Transportation Assistance Program (WETAP) Car Loans
Jobs & Business Development
The Innovative Business Development Center is located in Juneau County at the MVP Business Center. We are a business incubator funded by contract with Wisconsin Community Action Program Association to create jobs for low-income and disadvantaged people by developing a network of support components that will assist entrepreneurs from concept through start-up and expansions, using standard business methodology. The goals and objectives of the program are to support and enhance an environment that encourages entrepreneurs to explore their ideas, enhanbce business knowledge/skills of entrepreneurs and expanding businesses, provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to access financial resources, and integrate job training with related life skills for low-income and disadvantaged people to enter jobs created by this project and maintain jobs to become economically self-sufficient.
Management Participation in Local Initiatives
CWCAC management and field staff participate in a variety of initiatives
promoting coordination of services and resource development for local
communities. These have included Family Preservation initiatives, W-2 and
Job Center initiatives, local service provider networks, and the like.
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
CWCAC receives CSBG dollars annually through the Wisconswin Department of Children & Families. Although the CSBG award constitues a relatively small part of the agency's total annual budget, these funds are critically important. Whereas most of our funding via contracts and grants is earmarked for specific programs and services. CSBG funds are used to pay administration, operating Costs and subsidize programs that cannot operate self-sufficiently.