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Welcome to Economic Support

The Economic Support Unit has the responsibility of determining eligibility and case managing financial assistance programs. Staff interview clients to determine their eligibility for programs requested. All applications are confidential and clients are able to discuss their personal financial situation as necessary. Additionally, referrals are done by the unit to other appropriate resources as needed.

Programs

FoodShare

FoodShare may be able to help you improve your nutrition and health. The easiest and fastest way to apply for FoodShare and set a filing date is to apply online at http://www.access.wisconsin.gov Applications are also available by mail, by stopping by Richland County Health and Human Services in person or contacting the Capital Consortium at 1-888-794-5556. This program requires an interview either by phone or in-person. You will be contacted initially by phone once we have your application. If eligible for benefits, they are deposited in an Electronic Benefit account for your access.

  • For news on healthy eating, please visit the website http://fyi.uwex.edu/foodsense/ .
  • For more information visit the State website at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/foodshare

    Healthcare Programs

    Healthcare programs such as Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus are available to individuals and families who may otherwise not have access to affordable medical care. The easiest and fastest way to apply for Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus and set a filing date is to apply online at http://www.access.wisconsin.gov. Application can also be made by mail or by stopping by Richland County Health and Human Services in person, or by contacting the Capital Consortium at 1-888-794-5556.

    Child Care Assistance

    Child Care assistance is intended for individuals who are working and have children in certified or licensed day care. The easiest and fastest way to apply for Childcare and set a filing date is to apply online at http://www.access.wisconsin.gov. Applications are also available by mail, by stopping by Richland County Health and Human Services in person or contacting the Capital Consortium at 1-888-794-5556.

    If you are in search of a regulated provider, please visit the Youngstar Child Care Finder.

    Child Care Certification

    Individuals interested in becoming a Certified Child Care provider may request information by contacting Richland County Health and Human Services during regular business hours.

    Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)

    WHEAP administers the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Public Benefits Energy Assistance program. WHEAP is operated from October 1st through May 15th of each year for regular benefit assistance. To apply, call Richland County Health and Human Services during regular business hours at 608-647-8821 or stop by our local agency at 221 West Seminary Street, Richland Center. We can mail an application or if you prefer, we can schedule a face-to-face appointment.

    The unit also provides specialized services including emergency fuel assistance, proactive assistance to prevent disconnects during the entire year and that information is also available by contacting Richland County Health and Human Services during regular business hours. If you are a homeowner and your furnace needs replacement or repair you may also be eligible for assistance with this program. If it is an after-hours emergency, please call Emergency Services at 1-844-610-6706.

    Households eligible for WHEAP may also be eligible for the Wisconsin Weatherization Assistance Program (WisWAP). WisWAP uses energy conservation techniques to reduce the cost of home energy. Correcting health and safety hazards and potentially life-threatening conditions is the first consideration in WisWAP activities.

    For detailed eligibility requirement information for WHEAP and WisWAP visit the Home Energy + website at http://homeenergyplus.wi.gov/.

     

    Office Hours

    Monday through Friday
    8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
    New applicants are welcome to apply during these times and if preferred may see our Pre-Screener.

    Already a FoodShare, ChildCare, or Healthcare customer?
    Do you have questions or require assistance with your FoodShare, ChildCare or Healthcare case?

    Please call: 1-888-794-5556
    Monday - Friday
    8:00am - 4:00pm


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