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West CAP offers COVID financial help

West CAP offers COVID financial help

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West CAP continues to offer help with COVID-19 and other community relief.

For more than 55 years, West CAP has been helping households in west-central Wisconsin deal with the many challenges created by financial hardship.

Now, the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has created serious financial stresses for both those West CAP has traditionally served, and for folks who have not needed assistance before this crisis hit.

Because of this long history and recognized expertise in delivering these services, the federal and state governments, local community foundations, United Ways and private donors have all funded West CAP to help people deal with critical COVID-caused economic challenges throughout Dunn, St. Croix, Polk, Barron, Chippewa, Pepin and Pierce counties.

West CAP has swiftly ramped up to meet this need, while continuing to provide its pre-COVID services:

  • Homeless Intervention programs.
  • Low-income Weatherization and Energy Assistance.
  • Regional Food Pantry Support.
  • Literacy and Skills Training, the development and management of affordable rental housing and management of the Menomonie Farmers Market.

The state of Wisconsin has granted its 16 Community Action Agencies $25 million through the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program.

This money is targeted to prevent increased homelessness by providing money for rent assistance, mobile home lot rent assistance, and for security deposits, all for households that can document income loss due to COVID.

While West CAP has already distributed close to $740,000 of its $1 million WRAP grant by assisting 400 households, all these funds must be used by the end of October. So, if you have this need or know someone who does, please help spread the word and apply soon.

The federal government has also supplemented one of West CAP’s core funding sources, The Community Services Block Grant, to address a wider range of needs.

These funds will be available until depleted or through the end of 2021 and are only available for households earning less than 125% of federal poverty guidelines, but families new to this level of income due to recent COVID income loss can apply.

To date, West CAP has been able to assist more than 75 households with these funds.

If you wish to contribute, West CAP has created a designated COVID Rapid Response and Resiliency Fund just for this purpose, and as West CAP is a 501©3 charitable organization, all such donations to this fund are fully tax deductible.

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