The Best Ways to Get State Assistance in Wisconsin

The state of Wisconsin has several programs that can make life a little more manageable. Whether you need help buying basic necessities or a little additional aid in affording the rent, these programs make it possible to raise a family, even with a lower income.



You and your spouse might find it hard to get a job because you don’t know where to keep your kids while you work. Not having childcare can really put a strain in your job and you might lose it.

The Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program offers an option in this situation to those who are income eligible for the program. This offers subsidized programs for childcare if you are seeking work or work training opportunities.

Health Care

Medicaid is the primary health care assistance program in the state of Wisconsin for low-income families who do not have access to health care through another source.

Children who do not qualify for Medicaid can get health insurance through BadgerCare Plus, which offers healthcare for all children and many families who do not qualify for Medicaid.

Food and Supplies

If you struggle to put healthy food on the table, you may look to apply for FoodShare, which offers a debit card that they can use to buy food.

If your children are under the age of five, you can get additional help paying for food through WIC. Consider applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, which offers a cash benefit to the state’s struggling families. If you do not qualify for these programs, look into a local food bank to find a more affordable option for food and supplies.

In Wisconsin, there is Wisconsin Works W-2, which is a great program put together by the state to provide support and help for the low-income residents find work.


If you live in one of Wisconsin’s many large cities, you can benefit from the public transit options. This eliminates the expense and hassle of owning a car. If you do not have easy access to public transit, you may look into carpooling options to cut down on transportation expenses.

Rent Assistance

Wisconsin offers several housing assistance programs through HUD and the Department of Commerce. Low to moderate-income families can get subsidized apartments, housing choice vouchers, and public housing through these programs.

You can also get Section 8, which is a program that can help pay for a portion of your rent by mailing a check directly to your landlord.

Public Housing

If you live in a public house, you are eligible for a lot of help. This is available to low-income families, single parents and elderly people for some help when paying for their houses.

A lot of it has to do with income limits set by local authorities. Find out how much you can get by contacting the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

College Grants

The State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board publishes information about financial aid options designed specifically for Wisconsin students. You or your child can take advantage of these programs to be able to afford continued education. Also, search various school scholarships for even more financial assistance.


Department of Health Services
1 West Wilson Street
Madison, WI  53703


Wisconsin is a beautiful place — and a great state for state assistance. If you are a resident here, be sure to look into the great and many programs offering under WIC and TANF, and do make sure you take a look at the department of commerce.

All you have to do is apply and potentially get a lot of financial assistance out of it.

If you have any questions, let me know in the comment section below.

Good Luck!


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