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LIFT Wisconsin is committed to helping the community. We are building a growing library of trusted resources to resolve common civil legal issues.

2-1-1

When you need help and don’t know where to turn simply dial 2-1-1 to reach a  caring community resource specialist. United Way 2-1-1 (formerly First Call  for Help) is an information and referral service that connects people to a variety of resources such as: help paying bills, support groups, food  pantries, community clinics, and many other services. This service is available every hour of every day and can assist in almost any language.

Open to all individuals.
Text your zip code to: 898-211

4-C Referral Desk

Referral program links families to regulated child care providers that are licensed, regularly certified or provisionally certified.  The 4-C database identifies potential child care programs based on specific needs of the family.

Open to all individuals.

7-1-1

A free service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech disabled. Whether calling on a standard telephone or a text telephone (TTY, a special phone with a typewriter-style keyboard), relay makes communication simple. This service is available all the time.

  • Dial the TTY number, 711 or 1-800-947-3529.    
  • A specially trained Wisconsin Relay communications assistant (CA) will answer.
  • The CA acts as an impartial, two-way "relay" in the conversation, reading messages typed on the TTY to the hearing person while typing responses on the TTY back to the deaf caller.
  • Relay users no longer need to memorize toll-free numbers to make a relay call. Simply dial 7-1-1 to connect with the state relay provider. Confidentiality is assured.
  • Using relay is easy and offers access to the world for Wisconsin residents with hearing loss who are seeking two-way telecommunication.

Open to all individuals.

ACCESS Wisconsin

ACCESS connects you with the help you need when you need it. Need help getting health care coverage, paying forgroceries or child care costs, finding a job, or building your career skills?

 With ACCESS, you can apply for and manage your state of Wisconsin benefits and programs in one place, at any time.

Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

ADRC provides information to the general public about services, resources, and programs in areas such as: disability and long-term care related services and living arrangements, health, adult protective services, employment and training for people with disabilities, transportation, home maintenance and nutrition. ADRC staff will provide help to connect people with those services and to also apply for SSI, FoodShare, and Medicaid as needed.

Open to all individuals.
Toll Free:
855-417-6892
2865 N. Sherman Avenue (Northside Town Center), Madison WI 53704

American Bar Association’s Wisconsin Free Legal Answers

Free Online Legal Answers for people in Wisconsin

1. See if you qualify - Answer a few questions to see if you qualify to use this service.

2. Ask a question - Ask our volunteer attorneys a specific question about your civil legal issue.

3. Check your email - You'll receive an email telling you when your question receives a response.

4. Log back in online - See the response to your question; ask more questions.

• Your income is low for a family the size of yours. • The value of your checking account, savings account, stocks or bonds are low. • You aren't in jail or prison. • Your legal problem isn't related to a criminal charge. • You don’t already have a lawyer to help you with your legal problem. • You are an adult.

Aunt Bertha

Easy-to-use, free search for local programs.

Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Available to everyone with internet access.
FindHelp.org

BadgerCare

BadgerCare Plus is a health care coverage program for low-income Wisconsin residents. Recipients receive a Forward Health card similar to an insurance card that they present to the medical provider.

For low-income families and individuals that meet financial and non-financial eligibility criteria.

Bilingual Job Seeker Services (Spanish/English)

Bilingual staff is available to provide bilingual assistance to Spanish speaking job seekers.  Some workshops are presented in both English and Spanish.

Open to all individuals.
Dane County Job Center Reception Desk (Select Option #2)
888-258-9966
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave. Madison WI 53704

Bonding

A Fidelity Bond provides insurance protection for employers against dishonest acts by employees such as theft, embezzlement, and vandalism.  By decreasing the risk to employers, the Fidelity Bond also increases the job seekers' chances of being hired despite blemishes on their record.

The employer or job applicant must contact the nearest Wisconsin Job Center. Call (888) 258-9966 or see this list of Wisconsin Job Center locations. The applicant must first visit and register with the Job Center. Other than this registration, there are no papers to be completed by the job applicant or the employer in order for the bond to be issued.

The applicant must receive a job offer and the employer must schedule a date to start work before a bond can be issued. The Job Center will contact the local bonding representative who will submit the proper paper work to Job Service (central office).

Open to all employers or any person who has been denied employment due to conviction record, credit risk, illegal drug use, or dishonorable discharge from the military.
Dane County Job Center Reception Desk (Select Option 2)
888-258-9966

Briarpatch Youth Services, Inc

Briarpatch runs an 8-bed youth shelter, a street outreach program, a runaway youth program, a Teens Like Us program for LGBTQ youth, a parent support program, youth job programs, a Youth Restitution Program, an Intensive Supervision Program for court-involved youth, and a Restorative Justice Program as an alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system.

For questions regarding youth on Work Teams please contact the youth work team supervisor or call the on-call Intensive Supervision staff at 608-669-4711.

Main office number for non-emergencies is 608-245-2550.

Youth and family members.
24-hour Help Line
608-251-1126
Text Help Line (checked M-F 9a-9p)
608-285-2776
2720 Rimrock Rd., Madison, WI 53713

Burial Funding

Funding for funeral and cemetery expenses for deceased persons who were enrolled in one of many state programs such as BadgerCare Plus, W-2, and SSI.

Low income individuals that meet financial and non-financial eligibility criteria. Family members interested in funeral assistance should speak with their funeral directors.
Wisconsin Funeral and Cemetery Aids Program (WFCAP)
888-859-0611

Career Counseling

Individual assistance is available in career planning, problem solving, and organizing an effective job search. A professional and experienced career counselor is available to meet with job seekers. Customers should call to schedule an appointment.

Open to all individuals.
Dane County Job Center Reception Desk (Select Option 2)
888-258-9966
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave. Madison WI 53704

Caretaker Supplement

Cash assistance for parents who are receiving State and Federal Social Security Insurance (SSI) and who are caring for their minor children. If you are already receiving FoodShare, Medicaid, or other income maintenance, contact that agency to apply.

For low-income individuals on SSI that meet financial and non-financial eligibility criteria.
Capital Consortium Call Center Human Services Front Desk
888-794-5556

Children First Program

Children First program helps parents owing support who are unemployed or underemployed and are court ordered to make regular payments. Program provides case management and employment services to parents.

Only court ordered individuals who are unemployed and under-employed non-custodial parents who are not currently meeting their child support obligations.

Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin

CAC establishd the Dane County Food Pantry Network. See web page for list of locations of food pantries and meal sites.

The Double Dollars program provides EBT/FoodShare card holders up to $25 to spend at participating farmers markets.    

CAC can also help connect low-income seniors with monthly food boxes.

They support individuals, families, and communities in Dane, Jefferson, and Waukesha counties.
Dane County Office
608-246-4730
Multiple locations, see web site

Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin

Provides housing information and application assistance, plus help applying for subsidized housing. The Supportive Housing Program helps the chronically homeless with disabilities move toward self-sufficiency. They also have a veterans program. Check web site for current site locatons and walk-in hours.

They support individuals, families, and communities in Dane, Jefferson, and Waukesha counties.
Dane County Office
608-246-4730
Multiple locations, see web site

Covering Wisconsin

Support for Wisconsin residents in choosing, paying for, renewing, and accessing healthcare. Assistance applying for BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, Medicare, or Healthcare.gov coverage.

Credit Reports and Scores

How to look up your credit report, how to solve common problems, and additional resources on consumer financial education.

Consumers and people who work to help people with commercially prepared reports

DAIS - Domestic Abuse Intervention Services

DAIS provides a crisis Help Line (608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045) for crisis intervention, safety planning, support, information, and referrals to survivors of domestic abuse, their families, friends, other service providers, and the general public. The Help Line is the gateway to all other DAIS services. DAIS runs a shelter, a children's program, crisis response, and support groups for both men and women.

Help for anyone who one feels abused, threatened, scared or unsafe in an intimate partner relationship.
Help Line
608-251-4445
Toll free Help Line
800-747-4045
2102 Fordem Avenue, Madison, WI 53704

Dane County Veterans Service Office

Their mission is to assist Dane County veterans and their families with obtaining local, state, and federal veterans’ benefits. Whether you need help determining benefit eligibility or support in completing an application, they are available to provide the assistance you need. The Dane County Veterans Service Office is committed to customer service and advocacy as veterans seek out eligible benefit entitlements.

City-County Building, Room 108, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison, WI 53703

Dislocated Worker Program

Career and training services are available to individuals who have been laid-off from their employment due to plant closings or downsizing, foreign competition, economic downturn or other reasons not related to the person's job performance under WIOA Title I. Career services cover a broad range of activities, including initial and comprehensive assessment of skills, providing information about careers and the local labor market, job search assistance, development of an individual employment plan, career counseling, internships and work experiences linked to careers, financial literacy and more. Training services include occupational skills training, on-the-job training, incumbent worker training, transitional jobs, and adult education and literacy provided concurrently or in combination with other training services.

1. Must be eligible to work in the United States. 2. Must have registered for the Selective Service (males only) – go to https://www.sss.gov/Home/Verification to check a registration. 3. Must be currently receiving Unemployment Insurance OR. 4. Must have received notice of termination/layoff due to a permanent closure or substantial layoff. 5. General announcement of closure within 180 days (news release etc.).
Dane County locations include the Dane County Job Center, Madison College, Employment & Training Association

Division Of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

DVR provides individualized services to eligible consumers who need assistance to prepare for, to find and to keep employment. Examples of some services are: assessments, vocational counseling and guidance, assistive technology, job seeking and placement, and training

Individuals who have a physical or mental impairment that makes it difficult for them to get or keep a job, and who need services to prepare for work, or to find and keep a job.

Emergency Assistance for Rent and Housing

Emergency funding for people who have received a 5-day notice from a landlord and are facing homelessness.

Impending homeless customers. Must have received a five-day notice from landlord.
Dane County Job Center
888-258-9966
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave. Madison WI 53704

Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison

Programs and services include investigating complaints of housing discrimination; outreach and education for renters, property owners and property managers; investing complaints of predatory lending, mortgage scans, and other lending violations; support  of and advocacy for inclusionary housing policies. They offer “Know Your Rights” and “The Red Flags of Housing  Discrimination” flyers in the following languages: Spanish,  Hmong, and English.

They support individuals, families, and communities in Milwaukee and in the Greater Madison area.
Madison area:
608-257-0853
Toll free statewide complaint line:
1-877-647-3247
612 W Main St #200, Madison, WI 53703

Financial Navigator

A new, free service that connects people with a “Financial Navigator” – a person they can talk to about their financial concerns.

Financial Navigators are available at no cost to provide guidance, over the phone, to help residents access available programs and services to manage income loss and other financial concerns they may be experiencing. With one-on-one discussions, they will help to address personal financial issues, identify immediate steps to manage expenses and maximize income, and make referrals to other services such as bill paying assistance, government benefits and other programs that may come from future stimulus package.

Complete the online form to request a phone session with a Financial Navigator. For help with the online form, call 608-266-6300, Mon-Fri 10am–7pm or Sat, 12-5pm.

Organizations across Madison can also refer clients directly to a Financial Navigator by sharing the link or helping them fill out the interest form. Financial navigation sessions are available directly in English, Hmong, and Spanish, with ASL and other languages available through the City’s interpretation services.

Madison residents seeking help with financial concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assistance with online form
608-266-6300

Focus on Reentry

Are you working with people pre- or post-release who have criminal records or criminal debt and need help managing their financial challenges? "Focus on Reentry" is a companion guide to the "Your Money, Your Goals" toolkit that can help you help them address financial challenges.

Download a PDF for free or order letter-sized, 3-hole-punched printed copies of this and other free publications from the CFPB.

Service providers to people with criminal records or criminal debt.

FoodShare

The FoodShare (FS) program provides low income customers with funds to buy food.  Benefits are distributed via Quest cards that work like debit cards. Check to see if you qualify at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forwardhealth/apply.htm

Low income individuals who meet financial and non-financial eligibility criteria.
Capital Consortium Call Center
888-794-5556

FoodShare Employment & Training Program

An employment and training program designed to enable FoodShare recipients to receive case management services in order to move promptly into unsubsidized employment.

FoodShare recipients referred by DCDHS Economic Support Specialists to the FoodShare Employment & Training Program.

Freedom, Inc

Freedom, Inc. has advocates who help victims and survivors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and/or sexual assault get the help they need. These services are confidential and free and include

  • Finding housing assistance
  • Applying for federal or state benefits
  • Navigating the legal justice system
  • School advocacy
  • Fleeing domestic violence
  • Immigration and citizenship attainment
  • Case management
  • Navigating the healthcare system
  • Advocacy for victims of sexual assault
Low- to no-income communities of color, girls, and LGBTQ+ people in the Madison area
2110 Luann Lane Madison, WI 53713

Greater Wisconsin Agency for Aging Resources

GWAAR supports older adults. The WISE program provides the opportunity for seniors to learn new skills, receive job counseling and assistance with their resume, and receive job placement assistance. Wisconsin Elder Abuse Hotline: 1-833-586-0107. Get information and assistance on issues related to adult guardianship, protective placement, advance directives, and more from the Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center (GSC) Toll Free Help Line: (855) 409-9410. More programs are listed on their web site.

Wisconsin residents 55 and older who meet income guidelines.
1414 MacArthur Rd., Suite A, Madison, WI 53714

HMO Member Services

This service provides information regarding the Medicaid programs that are available through the Department of Health and Family Services.  An HMO specialist will be able to answer questions regarding HMO's, Medicaid and Forward Cards.

Medicaid/BadgerCare recipients

Homeless Services Consortium of Dane County

The Consortium is a partnership of many organizations working to prevent homelessness and help people find shelter and housing.

Coordinated Entry is  process developed to ensure that all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access to housing services and assistance. Through Coordinated Entry, households in need of assistance are quickly identified, assessed for, referred, and connected to housing and assistance based on their strengths and needs.This includes individuals and households that have been sleeping in Emergency Shelter, outside, or in a vehicle, and have experienced long-term homelessness.

Coordinated entry starts with the VI-SPDAT or the Vulnerability Index Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool. You can complete the VI-SPDAT to be placed on Dane County's Housing Priority List.

Housing Initiatives, Inc.

For over 25 years, Housing Initiatives has ended homelessness for 600men, women, and veterans who suffer from a mental illness by providing themwith a permanent home and supportive services to help them lead a healthierlife.

Monday – Friday, 9am – 4:30pm
Please call ahead as they are often busy working with clients off-site.

Email: bhinkfuss@housinginitiatives.org

Housing Navigation Services

Information on services and resources regarding housing, housing vacancy lists, application assistance and landlord/tenant mediation.  In-person appointment may not be available during the Covid-19 pandemic, so please call or check the web site.

Open to all individuals.
housingnavigation@ccmadison.org
615 E. Washington Ave., Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Job Access Loans

Short term, no interest loans designed to assist with emergency vehicle repairs for employment purposes, as well as Driver's license fees and work clothing or uniforms.

Human Services Front Desk
855-733-1311
Dane County Job Center 1819 Aberg Ave. Madison, WI 53704

Job Corps

Low income and/or disabled US citizens or legal residents between the ages of 16 and 24.

JobCenterofWisconsin.com

Open to all individuals and employers.
Dane County Job Center Reception Desk
888-258-9966
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave. Madison WI 53704

Journey Mental Health Center

Offers  mental health and substance abuse services to individuals across their life  span. They also offer a Driver’s License Assessment Program for people  needing to have their driving privileges reinstated. To Schedule an  Appointment: 608-280-2720

Customer Service Line
608-280-2600
General Information
608-280-2700
49 Kessel Ct, Madison, WI 53711

Labor Market Information

Job seekers and employers may receive employment and unemployment data, occupational wage information, industry employment, manufacturing economic indicators, population data, and annual inflation rates.

Open to all individuals and employers.
Dane County Job Center
888-258-9966
1819 Aberg Ave., Madison WI 53704

League of Women Voters - Wisconsin

League of Women Voters can help people without an ID get an ID to vote.

lwvwisconsin@lwvwi.org
612 W. Main Street Suite 200 Madison, WI 53703

Legal Action of Wisconsin

Help for low-income people with services including: inaccurate criminal records, driver's license issues, child support issues, help for returning prisoners, eviction defense, family law, housing law, SSI or disability denials, and other legal issues. More details on their web site.

Open to all low-income individuals.
General number
855-947-2529
Madison Office
608-256-3304
744 Williamson Street, Suite 200, Madison, WI 53703

Medical Assistance

The Medical Assistance (MA) program pays for medical costs for low income individuals who meet financial and non-financial eligibility criteria. Costs must be approved by the MA program. Customers receive Forward Health Cards similar to insurance cards that they present to the medical provider. BadgerCare Plus is part of the Medical Assistance Program.

Low income individuals that meet financial and non-financial eligibility criteria.
Capital Consortium Call Center
888-794-5556
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave. Madison, WI 53704

Medical Assistance Purchase Plan (MAPP)

MAPP is part of the Medical Assistance (MA) program, which pays for medical costs for individuals determined to be disabled by the Disability Determination Bureau or elderly (over age 65) who are also working part-time. Customers receive Forward Health cards similar to insurance cards that they present to the medical provider.

Individuals determined disabled by the Disability Determination Bureau or elderly (over age 65) who are also working part-time.
Capital Consortium Call Center
888-794-5556
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave. Madison, WI 53704

Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers Outreach

Migrant outreach workers are available to assist with employment applications, refer to specific employment opportunities, provide information on farm workers’ rights with respect to the terms and conditions of their employment, and refer to other organizations serving Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers (MSFW).

Open to all migrant and seasonal farm workers.
Dane County Job Center Reception Desk
888-258-9966
1819 Aberg Ave. Madison WI 53704

MyVote Wisconsin

1. Register online to vote

2. If you are already registered to vote, click here: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/My-Voter-Info

You can then access the following:

·     View a list of elections you have voted in

·     Check your current registration information

·     Update your name and address

·     Request an absentee ballot

·     Find your elected officials

·     Track your absentee ballot

Neighborhood Law Clinic

The Neighborhood Law Clinic (NLC) provides a broad range of legal services including rental housing, employment, and public benefits law. Law students staff the community-based office at the UW South Madison Partnership space in the Villager Mall on Madison's South Side. They may be able to help you if...

  • Your employer hasn't paid you for hours that you worked
  • Your employer owes you overtime pay or didn't pay you the minimum wage
  • You've been denied SSI/SSDI benefits
  • Your landlord is trying to evict you
  • Your landlord illegally kept your security deposit
  • Your apartment has maintenance or repair issues that have not been resolved
  • Your Section 8 voucher is being terminated
  • You have been discriminated against in employment or housing

They CANNOT help with

Operation Fresh Start

Operation Fresh Start provides disconnected youth with a path to self-sufficiency at a critical time in a young person's life. Programs provide mentoring, education, and employment training. OFS graduates earn their high school diploma and driver's license, then go on to continue their education and/or find self-sustaining employment.

Youth ages 16-24
2670 Milwaukee St., Madison, WI 53704

Out-of-School Youth Program (WorkSmart Network)

The WorkSmart Network's Young Adult (Out-of-School) Program connects eligible young adults with the services and support needed to succeed. Connect with us if you're interested in career advising, tutoring, job readiness and retention training, and internship connections to help prepare you for your career. The program is available with funding from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Contact a WorkSmart Network location nearest you to learn more.

Employment and Training Association
608-288-2459
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Avenue, Madison, WI 53704

Porchlight

Porchlight operates many housing sites. Their largest property is at 306 N Brooks St, which also houses its administrative offices. Brooks Street has permanent single-person units with shared kitchen and bathrooms for low-income single adults.  Prospective tenants should complete the Porchlight Housing Intake Form available on their web site. Porchlight also has housing programs that specialize in working specifically with veterans and individuals with mental illness.

Main office
608-257-2534
306 North Brooks Street Madison, WI 53715

Project Home

Home weatherization and repairs. Furnace program. Home water conservation program.

Available to those approved for Energy Assistance. To apply for Energy Assistance in Dane County call Energy Services at 608-267-8601
3841 Kipp St. Madison, WI 53718

RISE

RISE advances the wellness of children, individuals, and families by providing early childhood and mental health services to help community and family thrive. RISE houses The Respite Center which provides emergency child care and respite for children ages 0-14, parent support, and crisis counseling 7 days a week. In addition to quality child care, the Respite Center helps parents and caregivers access important resources to help support and stabilize their family. RISE offers other Children Come First mental health programs for hospital diversion, stabilization, and crisis programs

Children ages 0-4K and their families
1334 Dewey Ct., Madison, WI 53703 and 2120 Fordem Ave., Madison, WI 53703

Rape Crisis Center

Services  include:  • Crisis intervention and support
                                • Short-term counseling
                                 • Emotional support
                                 • Support groups
                                 • Medical, legal advocacy and accompaniment
                                 • Community education and outreach

The Rape Crisis Center provides services to survivors (and their family and friends) of all forms of sexual violence, including recent sexual assault, past sexual assault, incest (past or present), sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation.
HELP Line
608-251-7273
La Linea de Aydua en Español
608-258-2567
2801 Coho Street, Suite 301, Madison, WI 53713

Re-Entry FoodShare Employment & Training Program

A Case Manager focuses on helping Re-Entry participants address their employment and training needs through services and referrals focusing on motivation/life skills activities, employment search, and employer based skills training activities.

FoodShare recipients referred by Just Dane (formerly MUM)
Bill Stahl
608-242-7431
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave. Madison, WI 53704

Reach Dane Child Care Centers

Reach Dane offers Early Head Start, Head Start, and Childcare Programs for low income families. Complete the online application. General Information Desk: (608) 275-6740

Emily (Bilingual)
608-576-1135
2096 Red Arrow Trail Madison, WI 53711

SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) or SSI (Supplemental Security Insurance) Advocacy

Assists customers with the process and paperwork involved in applying for SSI and SSDI. Activities include reviewing customer documentation, attending appointments with customer and ensuring necessary paperwork is filed with Disability Determination Bureau.

W2 customers applying for SSI/SSDI
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave. Madison, WI 53583

SSI/SSDI Advocacy

Assisting customers with the process and paperwork involved in applying for SSI and SSDI. Activities include reviewing customer documentation, attending appointments with customer and ensuring necessary paperwork is filed with Disability Determination Bureau.

Open to all individuals.
Aging & Disability Resource Center
608-240-7400
Toll Free:
855-417-6892
2865 N. Sherman Avenue (Northside Town Center), Madison WI 53704

Safelink

You may be eligible to receive free monthly mobile phone service under the Lifeline program if you receive Food Stamps (SNAP) and Medicaid Benefits or qualify based on income.

Low income individuals that meet financial guidelines.

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern WI

At www.secondharvestmadison.org/find-food there are resources to help you find food, including mobile pantries, government programs, summer food for children, and WIC. Call 2-1-1 to get connected to your local area pantry. Text "FOODDANE" to 47177 for notice of special food distribution opportunities.

Different programs have different requirements but many are free and require no application.
2802 Dairy Dr, Madison, WI 53718

State Bar of WI Lawyer Referral and Information Service

State Job Listings & Tests

Open to all individuals.
Dane County Job Center
888-258-9966
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave. Madison, WI 53704

Tenant Resource Center

Provides information and referrals, education about rental rights and responsibilities, and access to conflict resolution with landlords.

All services are free and for Wisconsin clients unless otherwise noted.
1202 Williamson St # 101, Madison, WI 53703

UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence

UNIDOS programs focus on Latinx survivors of domestic violence through victim advocacy and support groups, including groups for youth, men, and parents. 24 hour Help Line/Linea de Ayuda en Español 800-410-9195.

Helping Latinx survivors of domestic violence access local services, and providing statewide education and technical assistance to colleagues and professionals who wish to improve their services to Latinos in Wisconsin.
Toll free Help Line/Linea de Ayuda
800-510-9195

Unemployment Benefits

Workers who have been laid-off due to no fault of their own, returning military veterans coming off active duty, or those with reduced hours may claim unemployment benefits. Customers who have quit, been fired or may have other eligibility issues can apply, but may be denied or need to appeal.

Upsolve

Upsolve is a nonprofit tool that helps you file bankruptcy for free.

The two main types (called "Chapters") of bankruptcy that individuals filing bankruptcy in Wisconsin typically file under are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. You can file under both without an attorney, though Chapter 13 is complicated enough that you should seek legal counsel, even if that means investing some money for a lawyer.

If your household income falls below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines, you can ask the court to waive the filing fee for your Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Wisconsin.

They help people who live in Wisconsin who need help filing for bankruptcy and cannot afford an attorney.

Veterans Services

DVOP Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) staff are available on a walk-in basis and by appointment to meet with veterans with significant barriers to employment. Help with career planning, view job listings and receive veteran related information. Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) is available to assist job-ready veterans for job match assistance, On-the-Job Training (OJT) or Apprenticeship opportunities. See web site to register online.

People who have served in the U.S. military and other eligible customers.
Job Service Reception Desk
888-258-9966
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave., Madison WI 53704

W-2 Program

W-2 recipients will receive intensive case management services toward the goal of gainful unsubsidized employment. Individuals can earn a W-2 payment through participation in agreed upon placements and activities such as job seeking skills workshops, job search, career exploration, job skills training, work experience, and subsidized employment.

Low income individuals who meet financial and non-financial eligibility criteria.
Benefits information
608-216-7605
1819 Aberg Avenue, Madison, WI 53704

WI Housing Search

WIHousingSearch.org is a free resource to help you find a home that fits your needs and budget. Property providers can list apartments or homes for rent any time, which means that their list is always current.

Open to all individuals.

Windows to Work

Windows to Work (W2W) provides re-entry tools, support and career coaching services to incarcerated individuals beginning 3-9 months prior to release and for approximately one year post-release.

Referrals must come from the Department of Corrections.
Wendy Tougas - Oakhill
608-242-4546
Ezi Adesi � Fox Lake
608-242-7414
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave. Madison, WI 54704

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance program

Provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations. Call for information or apply online at https://energybenefit.wi.gov

Customers that meet eligibility requirements.
Dane County Energy Assistance Contact
608-267-8601
1225 S. Park St., Madison, WI

Wisconsin Judicare

Wisconsin Judicare provides legal representation to low-income individuals living in Wisconsin's northern 33 counties.

Main Office
715-842-1681
Toll free
800-472-1638
401 Fifth Street, Suite 200, Wausau, WI 54403

Wisconsin Senior Employment Program (WISE)

Low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55 years and older.

Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program

Child care funding is available for qualified individuals. Participants must be in a qualified activity such as work or a combination of work and school. Payments go directly to qualified child care providers. Generally, participants are required to pay a co-payment. Use the ACCESS Wisconsin application online.

Low income individuals that meet financial and non-financial eligibility criteria.

Wisconsin Veterans Network

Helping all Wisconsin veterans with emergency relief, homelessness services, financial counseling, benefits counseling, personal counseling, family counseling, home repairs, substance abuse, legal assistance, employment assistance, domestic violance interventon and counseling services.

Any veteran in Wisconsin.
6317 W. Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI 53214

WorkSmart Network

The Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act (WIOA) Adult Program is a program designed to aid eligible adults in returning to productive employment.  Services may include:

  • resume and cover letter assistance
  • job search assistance
  • career counseling
  • employability assessment
  • employability skills training
  • classroom training
  • supportive services

Low income adults, laid off and dislocated workers, and low income youth
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave. Madison, WI 53704