Crisis

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

This program targets individuals/families who are literally homeless. It is to assist homeless persons living on the streets or in an emergency shelter transition as quickly as possible into permanent housing, and then to help such persons achieve stability in that housing.

Program Contact:

Nikki Skrobel
Housing Intake Specialist
1.800.242.7334 

Counties Served:

  • Florence
  • Forest
  • Langlade
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Oneida
  • Shawano
  • Vilas

Program Description:

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program provides rental assistance to individuals/families that are literally homeless. When an applicant is eligible, a portion of their rent will be paid through Newcap based on their income. This payment will be sent directly to the landlord the first working day of each month. The tenant will be responsible for the balance.

Rapid Re-Housing:

This program targets individuals/families who are literally homeless.  It is to assist homeless persons living on the streets or in an emergency shelter transition as quickly as possible into housing, and then to help such persons achieve stability in that housing.

If the applicant is approved, attendance at an interview/briefing session is required. During the briefing, the tenant is given a detailed explanation of the program and their responsibilities. When the tenant has located a unit and the owner accepts the assistance, an inspection is performed to ensure the unit is decent, safe, and sanitary under the Housing Quality Standards regulations. If the unit passes, the owner and Newcap enter into a Rental Agreement. The tenant and the landlord enter into a lease agreement.

Case Managers will conduct monthly visits at least once a month or more if needed. Monthly visits will focus on individual goals, landlord/tenant issues, employment concerns, financial management, or other goals identified through various assessments. Room-by-room inspections may be done as needed. Attendance at workshops focused on self-sufficiency may be mandated. Follow-up services will be provided to families exiting the program.   

Eligibility Guidelines:

Family income must be at or below 30% of the County Median Income. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

Applicants should contact Newcap’s Oconto office for an assessment to determine preliminary eligibility.  Once initial eligibility is determined, the applicant is placed on the Prioritization List and offered assistance when a housing program becomes available in their community.  Applicants are placed on the Prioritization List by the length of time homeless and the severity of their need.

Home Energy Plus (HE+) Furnace Program

Provides year-round assistance to eligible low-income households when their primary heating system (furnace) no longer provides heat, is inoperable, or becomes unsafe.

Program Contact:

Val Filz
Vice President of Energy Services
1.800.242.7334 

Counties and Tribes Served:

  • Brown
  • Florence
  • Forest
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Mole Lake / Sokaogon / Chippewa
  • Oconto
  • Oneida Nation
  • Shawano
  • Stockbridge-Munsee

Program Description:

The Home Energy Plus (HE+) Furnace Program is a year-round program that provides assistance to eligible low-income homeowners when their primary heating system (“furnace”) no longer provides heat, is inoperable, or becomes unsafe. The WHEAP (Energy Assistance) Program verifies applicant eligibility and sends a furnace referral to the Weatherization Assistance Program. The WHEAP Program and the Weatherization Assistance Program then work cooperatively to ensure program goals and requirements are met while providing timely delivery of service.

Eligibility Requirements:

Must have an annual income at or below 60% of the State Median Income and complete a WHEAP (Energy Assistance) application through the local WHEAP agency. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

Contact Newcap, Inc. Weatherization Program for information on how to apply or directly contact the local WHEAP (Energy Assistance) agency in the county in which you reside.

Medical Mileage Reimbursement Program

Program Provides a reimbursement to those who drive participants for pre-approved medical mileage that are unable to take other transportation services that are offered in the area.

Program Contact:

Peggy Zielinski
Transportation Director
1.800.242.7334 

Counties Served:

  • Marinette
  • Oconto

Program Description:

The Medical Mileage Reimbursement Program is intended for those recipients who are unable to take other transportation services that are offered in the area. Applicants must have explored all other options available to them before they are considered for the program. MMRP can offer a reimbursement rate of $0.30 per mile for those who drive participants for pre-approved medical mileage.

Eligibility Requirements:

Family income must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Participants must be elderly (over the age of 60) or disabled and NOT be eligible for a Medicaid transportation program. In order to be eligible for reimbursement, the participant recruits their own driver (who has a valid drivers license and insurance), completes the transportation voucher report, and submits it to Newcap within 30 days of the trip. Final determination of eligibility is at the Mobility Managers discretion. The participant and Mobility Manager must beet in person, to complete the application process. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

Contact the program contact for an application. Complete an application and return it with the requested documentation. Please allow 7-10 business days for the application to be reviewed.

This project is funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as authorized under 49 U.S.C  5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (CFDA 20.513)”

Mobility Management Program

Provides a coordinated community-wide transportation network that assists elderly and disabled individuals in finding the transportation resources available to them.

Program Contact:

Peggy Zielinski
Transportation Director
1.800.242.7334 

Counties Served:

  • Marinette
  • Oconto

Program Description:

The Mobility Management Program is a coordinated community-wide transportation service network. The Mobility Manager assists elderly and disabled individuals in finding the transportation resources available to them. The Mobility Manager coordinates services through partnerships with other agencies.

Eligibility Guidelines:

Family income must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Contact the Mobility Manager at the Newcap Oconto office with any questions regarding eligibility. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

For more information, contact the program contact. 

This project is funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as authorized under 49 U.S.C  5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (CFDA 20.513)”

Newcap Food Pantries

Provides emergency food supplies for households in a crisis situation.

Program Contact:

Scott Nelson
Food Programs Director
1.920.836.4616

Counties Served:

  • Forest
  • Marinette
  • Oconto

Program Description:

The Newcap Food Pantries Program is for emergency food supplies for households in a crisis situation. Newcap food pantries serve individuals in each county with the food from the TEFAP program and donated food. One of the requirements of a pantry to receive TEFAP food is that they must match pound for pound TEFAP food. Our pantries must participate in food drives within our communities to accomplish their requirement.

Eligibility Requirements:

Recipients must be Wisconsin residents and live in the pantry’s service area. Clients must have an income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines established for their household size. Income is determined by self-declaration. Participants must show a picture ID each time they visit the food pantry. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this service. 

Application Process:

Pantry participants are asked to fill out a form and provide proof of residency, the number of dependents, names and birthdates of each household member (for a child that can be an immunization card, birth certificate, report card, etc.), and valid identification. Homeless persons may use the address of a local service agency.

Food Pantries:

  • Forest County
    Newcap
    212 North Lake Avenue, Crandon, WI 54520
  • Marinette County
    Newcap
    1939 Hall Avenue, Marinette, WI 54143
  • Oconto County
    Newcap
    1201 Main Street, Oconto, WI 54153

Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Program

Provides long-term housing with supportive services for homeless persons with disabilities by reintegrating chronically homeless and other highly vulnerable homeless families and individuals with psychiatric disabilities or chronic health challenges into the community by addressing their basic needs for housing and providing ongoing support.

Program Contact:

Nikki Skrobel
Housing Intake Specialist
1.800.242.7334 

 

Counties Served:

  • Brown
  • Florence
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Shawano

Program Description:

The Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Program provides long-term housing with supportive services for homeless persons with disabilities by reintegrating chronically homeless and other highly vulnerable homeless families and individuals into the community by addressing their basic needs for housing and providing ongoing support.  Newcap holds the lease on the unit and sublets the unit to the program participant.  The program participant pays 30% of their monthly adjusted income back to Newcap as occupancy fees.

Eligibility Guidelines:

Family must meet HUDs definition of homeless and income must be at or below 30% of the County Median Income. Clients must have a disability. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

Applicants should contact Newcap’s Oconto office for an assessment to determine preliminary eligibility.  Once initial eligibility is determined, the applicant is placed on the Prioritization List and offered assistance when a housing program becomes available.  Applicants are placed on the Prioritization List by the length of time homeless and the severity of their need.

SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery Initiative) Program

Assists individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless apply for SSI/SSDI.

Program Contact:

Kim Saunders
SOAR Case Manager
1.800.242.7334 

Counties Served:

  • Brown
  • Florence
  • Forest
  • Langlade
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Oneida
  • Shawano
  • Vilas

Program Description:

The SOAR Program is a national model created by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) that assists individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless apply for SSI/SSDI. The individual has to have a serious mental illness or exhibit symptoms of a serious mental illness that impacts their ability to work at a substantial gainful level ($1,170 in 2017). It is also beneficial for that individual to be treated by a medical provider that can provide records of such illness.

Once an individual is enrolled in the program, the individual and the case manager work together to collect medical records and a report that is called a Medical Summary Report (MSR). The MSR is a “snap shot” of the individual applying that is an additional step to the traditional process of applying for SSI/SSDI. It creates a picture of who the individual applying for disability is and is not done in the “typical” application process.

Eligibility Requirements:

The following four characteristics represent key eligibility criteria for SSA disability benefits:

        • Applicant has a serious mental illness or exhibits symptoms and/or has serious physical illnesses that affect their ability to work at a substantial gainful level ($1,170/month)
        • The illness(es) or condition(s) have lasted or are expected to last for at least 12 months (or result in death)
        • Individual is currently exhibiting symptoms of mental illness or has periods with worsening of symptoms that prevents sustainable employment. For example:
          • Psychotic symptoms (positive or negative)
          • Depressive symptoms (decreased energy, lack of motivation, suicide attempts)
          • Manic symptoms (racing thoughts, disorganized thoughts)
          • Anxious feelings (paranoia, nervousness)
          • Cognitive deficits (brain injury, problems with concentration, memory, etc.)
          • History of trauma (history of abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, etc.
        • 4. For applicants with mental illness, they have marked restrictions in at least 2 of these functional areas:
          • Activities of daily living (personal hygiene, cleaning, transportation, etc.)
          • Social functioning (getting along with others, anger, avoidance, etc. )
          • Concentration, persistence and pace (as they related to the ability to complete tasks)
          • Repeated episodes of decompensation (hospitalizations, incarcerations, losing jobs/housing, etc.)

Application Process:

For questions or to apply call the Newcap Oconto Office to talk to the SOAR Case Manager. More information can be found at: http://soarworks.prainc.com

State Shelter Subsidy Grant (SSSG) Program

This program will assist a person experiencing homelessness with shelter in a nearby motel.

Program Contact:

Nikki Skrobel
Housing Intake Specialist 
1.800.242.7334 

Counties Served:

  • Florence
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Shawano

Program Description:

The State Shelter Subsidy Grant (SSSG) Program will assist a person experiencing homelessness with shelter in a nearby motel until the individual or family can link up with other support networks, family or friends or will be placed the prioritization list and will be served with various homeless programs offered in the appropriate county. The maximum stay is 3 days will depend on each individual situation.

Eligibility Guidelines:

Family income must be at or below 30% of County Median Income. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

Homeless individuals/families please see contact.

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program

Providing rental assistance to individuals/families experiencing homelessness or those at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

Program Contact:

Nikki Skrobel
Housing Intake Specialist
1.800.242.7334 

Counties Served:

  • Brown (excluding the city of Green Bay)
  • Florence
  • Forest
  • Langlade
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Oneida
  • Shawano
  • Vilas

Program Description:

The Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program is a Housing First program providing rental assistance to individuals/families experiencing homelessness or those at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Priority is given to the disabled, those who have a disabled family member, low-income who are disabled or have a disabled family member, and those who are chronically homeless or at risk of becoming chronically homeless.  Preference is then given to applicants who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Eligible households must agree to actively participate in case management and be working toward housing stability based on the goals and objectives set on their Housing Stabilization Plan.  All eligible households will be assisted with such services as case management, transportation assistance with referrals to mental health services, AODA, and life skills training.  This program will focus on self-sufficiency and require all program beneficiaries to participate as a condition of rental assistance.  Program participants will not be terminated for failure to participate but will be reevaluated at six months to ensure that they are working toward self-sufficiency in order to continue with assistance.

If the applicant is approved, attendance at an interview/briefing session is required. If eligible, during the briefing, the tenant is issued a coupon and also given a detailed explanation of the program and their responsibilities. When a tenant has located a unit and the owner accepts the coupon, an inspection is performed to ensure the unit is decent, safe, and sanitary under the Housing Quality Standard regulations. If the unit passes, the owner and Newcap enter into a Housing Assistance Contract. The tenant and landlord enter into a lease agreement. The lease must be for at least 6 months.

Case Managers will conduct monthly visits or more if needed. Monthly appointments will focus on individual goals, landlord/tenant issues, employment concerns, financial management, or other goals identified through various assessments. Room-by-room inspections may be done as needed. Attendance at workshops focused on self-sufficiency may be mandated. Follow-up services will be provided to families exiting the program for up to 6 months.

Eligibility Guidelines:

Family income must be at or below 50% of the County Median Income. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

Applicants should contact the Program Contact for an assessment to determine preliminary eligibility. Once initial eligibility is determined, the applicant is placed on the Prioritization List and offered assistance when a housing program becomes available in their community. Applicants are placed on the Prioritization List by the length of time homeless and the severity of their need.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance (WHEAP) Program

Provides assistance with heating costs to low-income Wisconsin residents.

Program Contact:

Linda Duff
WHEAP Program Advisor/Crandon Office Coordinator
1.715.478.3871

Counties Served:

  • Forest

Program Description:

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance with heating costs to low-income Wisconsin residents. Households that experience a fuel crisis may be eligible for crisis supplement and/or co-payment benefits.

Eligibility Guidelines:

Clients must have an income at or below 60% of the State Median Income Guidelines established for their household size. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

Households complete an initial and crisis application at the Newcap office in Crandon and the senior meal centers. Outreach is provided to homebound households.