county: Florence

Create Your Own Opportunities (CYOO) Program

Provides expertise and knowledge to those interested in creating and establishing a small business for help in creating a business plan, developing marketing strategies, expending business skills, learning management tools, and more!

Program Contact:

Tanja Schneider 
Business and Economic Development Coordinator 
1-920-889-9535

 

Counties Served:

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

Program Description:

The Create Your Own Opportunities (CYOO) Program supports individuals who are ready to become business owners by offering business skills training and one-to-one business coaching designed to enhance our clients success. The objective of the Create Your Own Opportunities Program is to support participants in their pursuit of becoming a small business owner and the expansion of their business through job creation. 

Training and Coaching Services include:

  • Business budgeting, bookkeeping and financial projections
  • Business networking skills
  • Business plan creation
  • Feasibility studies
  • Locating financial resources
  • Marketing plans and budgets
  • Project management
  • Sales skills
  • Strategic planning
  • Team development and human resources skills
  • Additional ongoing business assistance

Eligibility Guidelines:

Must have an annual income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

Please first fill out our intake form here.

Then contact our program contact.

 

Domestic Violence Rapid Re-Housing Program

Provides up to 24 months of rental assistance for those fleeing a domestic violence situation or are homeless because of already leaving. 

Program Contact:

Erin Evosevich 
Deputy Housing Director
1-800-242-7334

Counties Served:

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

Program Description:

The Domestic Violence Rapid Re-Housing Program is funded through the Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Care and the Department of Housing and Urban Development and can provide up to 24 months of rental assistance. The program will pay 100% of the participant’s first month’s rent. Thereafter, participant contribution toward rent will be 30% of the household’s monthly adjusted gross income, payable directly to the landlord.

This program will provide intensive case management to each household.

Eligibility Guidelines:

Income limit must be at or below 30% of the County Median Income and be fleeing a domestic violence situation or be homeless because of already leaving.

Application Process:

Please first fill out our intake form here.

Applicants should then 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 an opening becomes available in the program. Applicants are placed on the Prioritization List by their VI-SPDAT or F-VI-SPDAT score. 

Financial Capabilities Programs

Assist participants to develop a comprehensive budget to understand their entire financial picture; including the cost to live month to month, to identify all income sources and debt obligations, and to develop a strategy to eliminate debts and achieve their goals.

Program Contact:

Budget Counselor
1.800.242.7334 

 

Counties Served:

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

Program Description:

The Financial Capabilities Programs assist participants with a wide array of financial counseling and coaching services to develop a comprehensive budget to understand their entire financial picture. This includes the cost to live month to month, to identify all income sources and debt obligations, and to develop a strategy to eliminate debts and achieve their goals. This program works in collaboration with Newcap program participants.

Services under the Financial Capabilities Program:

  1. Budget Counseling

    Program Description:

    Do you need help to develop a budget? During your session, our Financial Coach assists clients with establish a budget, evaluate debt, set financial goals, and develop an action plan.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Live in the Newcap service area.

  2. Mortgage & Tax Relief Counseling (HCRI)

    Program Description:

    Are you behind on your mortgage or real estate taxes? During this counseling service, our Financial Coach guides clients to get back on track if they have fallen behind with mortgage payments or taxes. Our trained counselor discusses available options for curing your delinquent home loan and create an action plan for successful homeownership.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Live in the Newcap service area.

  3. Homebuyer Counseling

    Program Description:

    Are you thinking about buying a home? During this counseling service, our Financial Coach will sit down with you and help you determine if you are ready to buy; help calculate how much home you can afford, review your credit report with you; help you determine the right mortgage loan payments; and go over everything from pre- to post-purchase.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Live in the Newcap service area.

    Student Loan Counseling:

    Program Description:

    Need some help understanding your student loans? During this counseling service, our Financial Coach helps clients understand the options of student loan repayment. What types of student loans do you have? Who holds the student loans?  Is consolidation of your student loans an option? Are the loans government or private?  What is the difference between them and why is it important?

    Eligibility Guidelines:

    This counseling service is open to anyone in the Newcap service area at no charge if under 200% Federal Poverty Guidelines. For clients over 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, a fee of $50 will incur. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program.

    Application Process:

     

Please first fill out our intake form here.

 

Once you have filled out the above intake form. Please come back and complete Financial Capabilites application here:

Financial Capabilities Intake Form

Financial Capabilities Intake Form

Applicant Personal Information

Applicant Employment Status

Co-Applicant Personal Information

Fill out all questions if you have a co-applicant.

Co-Applicant Employment Status

Please fill out all fields if have a co-applicant.

Monthly Living Expenses

Fill out the below fields in as much detail as you are able to. If you spend nothing a month in one of the below fields, please put "0".

Debts

 

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:

Please first fill out our intake form here.

Then 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. 

Homebuyer Program

Provides low-moderate income homebuyers with a maximum of $10,000 (based on program affordability) for down payment and closing costs through a non-interest bearing loan.

Program Contact:

Cynthia Patterson
Real Estate 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 Homebuyer Program provides eligible low-moderate income homebuyers with a maximum of $10,000 (based on program affordability) for down payment and closing costs.  The funds will be in the form of a non-interest bearing loan, which will be repaid to Newcap upon the sale of the home or when it is no longer the primary residence. Applicants will be served on a first-ready, first-served basis as funds are available.  First-ready, first-served clients would have to have an accepted offer to purchase and funding approval from a financial institution.

Eligibility Guidelines:

Applicants must be at or below 80% of the current County Median Income, be bankable with a lending institution, and complete a Homebuyers Education Program. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

Please fill out our intake form here first. You will need your confirmation number and password to continue on and fill out the online application.

Then come back to this page and fill out our online application below:

Homebuyer Program Application

Homebuyer Program Application

Information

Loan Information

Employment Information

Please complete for all members of the household who are over the age of 18 and employed; regardless of who will be applying for the mortgage loan and/or Homebuyer Program.

Monthly Income Information

Please complete for all members of the household who are over the age of 18 and employed; regardless of who will be applying for the mortgage loan and/or Homebuyer Program. (NOTE:: Please use gross income)

Assets

Liquid Assets Information: List the cash value of assets held by all residents of your household combined. If money is owed on any item, the value should equal the market value of the item minus the amount that is owed. If you do not have something in an area put "0".

Monthly Fixed Charges/Deductions

List combined for all in household. If you do not have a monthly fixed charge/deduction in a field, put "0".

Declarations

Statement by Applicant(s): Marital property statement: No provision of a marital property agreement (including a Statutory Individual Property Agreement pursuant to Sec. 766.587, Wis. Stats.), unilateral statement classifying income from separate property under Sec. 766.59, or court decree under Sec. 766.70 adversely affects the creditor unless the creditor is furnished with a copy of the document prior to the credit transaction or has actual knowledge of its adverse provisions at the time the obligation is incurred. I/We affirm that all the answers given in this application are complete and correct to the best of our knowledge and made for the purpose of obtaining financial assistance. Knowingly making false statements in order to qualify for HOME Homebuyer Program assistance may make you subject to civil or criminal penalties. I/We authorize Newcap, Inc., to communicate with any person, firm, or corporation and to obtain such information as it may require concerning the statements made in this application and agree that the application shall remain the property of Newcap Inc., whether or not the financial assistance herein requested is granted.

Grievance Procedure:You, as a HOME Program participant, may at some time during your program participation, have a complaint regarding the HOME Program, its operation, its contractors, or its staff. Should this occur, you are to contact the Complaint Officer. This may be done by telephone, personal contact, or written correspondence, either by you or your legal representative. If you choose to file a written complaint, please follow these procedures. Once the complaint has been received by Newcap, a meeting may be arranged, within seven (7) days, between you and the Complaint Officer to discuss the issue. If a mutually satisfactory resolution of the issue results from this meeting, a written report will be initiated stating the issue and its resolution. The written report will be approved by you and the Complaint Officer, and the matter will be considered closed. You may also request a hearing, if you so desire. This request must be in writing. Newcap will arrange for a formal hearing to take place within thirty (30) days of receipt of the written complaint. The decision resulting from this hearing will be rendered in writing within sixty (60) days for receipt of the written complaint. Appeals should be addressed to: HOME Program - Complaint Officer 1201 Main Street Oconto, Wisconsin 54153

Authorizatons: Housing Counseling Authorization: I/We hereby authorize Newcap, Inc., to discuss pertinent information relating to credit history, past and present employment earning records, bank accounts, stock holdings, social security disability and benefits, and any other related assets that are needed to receive homeownership counseling. I/We further authorize Newcap to receive and/or know any documents and/or actions relating to our file. In addition, Newcap may, at its sole discretion, obtain a Credit Bureau Report to verify information submitted to help ascertain eligibility to receive down payment and closing cost assistance. It is understood that a photocopy of this form will also serve as authorization. The information the agency obtains is only to be used in the homeownership program. Authorization to Verify Information: I/We verify that the information on this application is true and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I consent to the release of such information in order to qualify for Newcap's Homebuyer Program. I understand that providing false information or providing false statements may be grounds for denial of my application. I agree to provide verification of all income and assets as required by Newcap. I further authorize disclosure of all information that will verify my income and assets. Furthermore, I agree to complete the assigned budget worksheet. I/We authorize the release of information requested by Newcap in order to verify our eligibility for assistance and/or any other services offered by Newcap. This information may include inquiries about credit history, rental history, employment, income, pensions, assets, federal, state or local benefits, family composition, social security, residence history, etc. We further grant permission to Newcap to contact social services, financial institutions, landlords, employers, credit bureaus, courts, realtors, and other sources of information in order to facilitate our participation in services or programs available through Newcap. I/we further authorize the sharing of information, including, but not limited to, such documents as the Offer to Purchase, Loan Application, Third-Party Inspection and Appraisal, Verification of Human Services, and Verification of Disability, with social service agencies, financial institutions, real estate professionals, courts and attorneys, and other agencies, as listed in this application. I am aware that a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection must by completed by a Newcap HQS-certified inspector to receive funds for down payment and closing cost assistance. Defective and/or non-compliant code areas noted in the inspection must be addressed. By signing below, you are acknowledging that you have read and understand the Grievance Procedure, Housing Counseling Authorization, and Authorization to Verify Information.

 

Homeless Prevention Program

The Homeless Prevention Program targets individuals/families that have an eviction of 14 days or less. The case manager will work with the landlord to mediate the situation, if possible and/or assist the applicant in finding another unit.

Program Contact:

Erika Villacrez 
Coordinated Entry Lead Specialist/Case Manager Supervisor 
1-920-604-9191

and

Makenna Kalata
Coordinated Entry Specialist/Crisis Navigator
1.715.478.3871

Counties Served:

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

Program Description:

The Homeless Prevention Program is funded through the Emergency Solutions Grant and can provide up to 12 months of rental assistance, one-time rental appears payment, utility payment up to 12 months, and/or utility arrears to low-income households that are imminently at risk of becoming homeless and would lose their housing without this assistance.

The Homeless Prevention Program targets individuals/families that have an eviction of 14 days or less. The case manager will work with the landlord to mediate the situation, if possible and/or assist the applicant in finding another unit.

Case Managers will:

  1. Conduct monthly visits
  2. Focus on individuals goals
  3. Landlord/tenant issues
  4. Financial Management
  5. Other goals identified through various assessments

Eligibility Guidelines:

Income limit must be at or below 30% of County Median Income. Find out if you are eligible by using our eligibility calculator here.

Application Process:

Please first fill out our intake form here.

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 an opening becomes available in the Homeless Prevention Program in their community. Applicants are placed on the Prioritization List by their vulnerability and whether or not they meet the HUD’s definition of at-risk.

 

Homeowner Assistance (HCRI) Program

Provides assistance to low-income individuals who are in danger of losing their home to foreclosure by helping them catch up on mortgage payments.

Program Contact:

Lisa Christensen
Budget Counselor/Financial Coach
1.800.242.7334 

 

Counties Served:

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

Program Description:

The Homeowner Assistance Program (HCRI- The Housing Cost Reduction Initiative) provides assistance to low-income individuals who are in danger of losing their home to foreclosure by helping them catch up on mortgage payments and past due property taxes.

For those homeowners who do not meet the eligibility criteria, there is still assistance available in the form of budget counseling, organizing and understanding the materials associated with foreclosure, and communicating with the mortgage company to attempt to work out any possible alternatives to foreclosure.

Eligibility Guidelines:

Family income must be at or below 80% of the County Median Income to qualify for foreclosure intervention; however, budget counseling services are available to all.  The homeowner must be behind on their mortgage payments, have the ability to pay their mortgage timely during and after assistance is received; as well as receive ongoing budgeting assistance.  The home must pass a housing quality standards inspection. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

Applicant must call for a pre-qualification interview and fill out an application if eligible.

Please fill out our intake form here.

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:

  • Florence
  • 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 150% 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:

Please first fill out our intake form here.

Then 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)”

Motel Voucher Program

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

Program Contact:

Erika Villacrez 
Housing Case Manager Supervisor 
1.800.242.7334 

Counties Served:

  • Florence
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Shawano

Program Description:

The Motel Voucher 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:

Please first fill out our intake form here.

Then, homeless individuals/families please see contact.

My Garage: A Community Project

Provides simple repairs and maintenance on cars owned by elderly, disabled or low-income residents.

Program Contact:

Peggy Zielinski
Transportation Director
1-920-373-6477

JoAnn Usiak
Transportation Assistant
1-920-373-9008

Counties Served:

  • Brown
  • Florence
  • Marinette
  • Oconto
  • Shawano

Program Description:

My Garage: A Community Project is a Newcap stability and self-sufficiency program, that provides simple repairs and maintenance on cars owned by elderly, disabled or low-income residents of Florence, Marinette, and Oconto counties. You can also qualify for this program in Brown and Shawano county if you are a working low-income resident. Services include tire rotations, fuel pump replacements and simple fixes. As the program grows, so will the services offered. The repairs will be done in Wausaukee, Green Bay, or Marinette.  

Eligibility Guidelines:  

Client must be elderly (60 years or age or older), disabled, or low income and working. For those low income and working, income must be at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For those who are elderly and disabled, income must be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. To find out if you are eligible, use our eligibility calculator here. The client must have the vehicle registered in their name, have proof of auto insurance and have a valid drivers license.

Application Process:

Please first fill out our intake form here. Then return here to fill out the program application. You will need the confirmation code and password from the intake form to submit this application.

For assistance completing an application, please contact the program contact. Along with completed application, send documentation of auto insurance, drivers license, proof of household income and auto registration. If approved, the Program Contact will contact you about your vehicle and repairs needing to be made.

My Garage: A Community Project Application for Service Form

My Garage: A Community Project Application for Service Form

Complete this application and also send:

1. Registration for the vehicle that needs repairs.
2. Proof of all household income.
3. Copy of drivers license.
4. Copy of auto insurance.

Please send the above documents to:
Newcap, Inc.
Attn: Peggy Zielinski
1201 Main Street
Oconto, WI 54153

Or fax to 1.920.834.4887 Attn: Peggy Zielinski

 

 

 

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:

Erika Villacrez 
Coordinated Entry Lead Specialist/Case Manager Supervisor 
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:

Please first fill out our intake form here.

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.

 

Rapid Re-Housing 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:

Erika Villacrez
Housing Case Manager Supervisor  
1.800.242.7334 

Counties Served:

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

Program Description:

The Rapid Re-Housing 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:

Please first fill out our intake form here.

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.

 

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

A voluntary five-year program for families with Section 8 vouchers to aid them in becoming financially independent.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Contact:

Tina Woodworth
HCV Coordinator
1.800.242.7334

Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency Program Contact:

Erin Evosevich
Deputy Housing Director
1.800.242.7334 

Counties Served:

  • Florence
  • Forest
  • Langlade
  • Oconto
  • Oneida
  • Vilas

Program Description:

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federally funded housing program that provides rental subsidies to low-income families, senior citizens, handicapped, and disabled individuals who reside in rental housing to widen housing opportunities for lower income families by assisting them in obtaining adequate (decent, safe, and sanitary) and affordable housing. This will be accomplished through the utilization of the existing housing stock and by providing rental subsidies to offset the high cost of living.

If the applicant is approved, attendance at an interview/briefing session is required. During the briefing, the tenant is issued a voucher and also given a detailed explanation of the program and their responsibilities. When a tenant has located a unit and the owner accepts the voucher, 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 Payment Contract, stating the amount of rental assistance to be paid on behalf of the tenant. The tenant and landlord enter into a lease agreement. The first lease must be 12 months. Each participant and rental unit undergo an annual recertification process.

Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency Program Description:

The Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a voluntary five-year program for families with Section 8 vouchers. The program helps families become financially independent. The main goal of the program is to help families obtain good jobs and earn enough money so they do not need public cash assistance.

Under the FSS Program, low-income families are guided to opportunities for education, job training, counseling, and other forms of social service assistance, while living in assisted housing, so that they can obtain the education, employment, and the business/social skills necessary for them to become self-sufficient. An individualized plan is developed for each family, determining their goals and what kind(s) of supportive services are needed to meet them.

The housing authority and Newcap, working with other community agencies, assist the family in getting these services. A unique feature of this program is that when a family’s earned income goes up, instead of merely reducing the amount of rent assistance they receive, an amount equal to the reduction in assistance is placed in an escrow savings account for the family. If and when the family completes the program, they receive the entire amount in this escrow account, plus interest, to use as they choose. 

Application Process:

Please first fill out our intake form here.

Please contact our office to fill out an application. Families who are deemed eligible are placed on an in-house waiting list for the next available voucher. At the time assistance is offered, the applicant is sent a Tenant Information Packet, Authorization for Release of Information Form, and a list of items to send in to verify their eligibility.

Additional Program Forms:

(print and submit to Newcap Oconto office)

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. 

What number am I on the Section 8 waiting list?

To get this information, call toll-free 866-569-6301. You will be prompted to enter your birth date and Social Security number. You may also check online here.

Steps to Success Program

Provides individuals with the opportunity to develop new skills or update and enhance current skills while continuing to work, by attending school part-time, as well as receiving individual career plan development assistant and long-term support as individuals work toward their career goals.

Program Contact:

Lynn Ratzburg
Employment & Training Director
1.800.242.7334 

 

Counties Served:

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

Program Description:

The Steps to Success Program provides individuals with the opportunity to develop new skills or update and enhance current skills while continuing to work. Individuals attend school to increase their earning potential and explore career options. Newcap will help provide individual, confidential development of a career plan, assist with job skill activities, and provide long-term emotional support as the individual works towards goals. Newcap may assist with education-related expenses (tuition, books, miscellaneous fees, etc.), reimburse for training-related transportation, and/or assist with childcare costs while attending classes.</>

Eligibility Guidelines:

Clients must be working at least 20 hours per week with income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines established for their household size. The education or training must increase the participants earning potential by at least $3 per hour. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

Please first fill out our intake form here.

Fill out an online application and go through a screening process. Contact the Program Contact to set up an appointment.  Fill out Steps to Success online application here: 

Steps to Success Application

Steps to Success Application

Steps to Success Program Application

Personal Information

Family Income

Education

Career Goals

Child Care

Please fill out all questions in this section if you have children.

Transportation

Housing

Closing Questions

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Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program

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

Program Contact:

Erika Villacrez
Coordinated Entry Lead Specialist/Case Manager Supervisor 
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:

Please first fill out our intake form here.

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.

 

Weatherization Assistance Program

Provides home weatherization assistance services to low-income individuals or families homes by receiving utility assistance through the State of Wisconsin, the U.S. Department of Energy, public benefits, and WHEAP.

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
  • Oneida Nation
  • Shawano
  • Stockbridge-Munsee

Program Description:

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources. The Wisconsin Weatherization Assistance Program is funded with a combination of state and federal funds including U.S. Department of Energy, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and state Public Benefits funding.  The Weatherization Assistance Program helps homeowners and renters reduce energy consumption while increasing comfort in their homes.  Weatherization improvements may also make the home’s environment healthier and safer.

Once eligibility has been established, the client will be contacted by one of Newcap’s certified Energy Auditors who will perform a comprehensive energy audit on the home to determine what energy efficiency measures can be done within the scope of the program. Upon completion of the energy audit a Weatherization crew will be scheduled to come to the home to perform the work prescribed by the audit under the careful supervision of a Field Coordinator.   Energy efficiency measures may include insulating of attics, sidewalls, and crawlspaces or basements; sealing air leaks; repair or replacing inefficient furnaces or boilers; installing energy saving products such Energy Star rated light bulbs, refrigerators and/or freezers. A sign-off of acceptable work is required from the owner or renter of the property, with quality control performed on a percentage of the completions.

Eligibility Guidelines:

Must have an annual income at or below 60% of the State Median Income Guidelines and have applied for the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (Energy Assistance). Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

Please first fill out our intake form here.

Client may fill out an online Request for Weatherization or call the Oconto office and ask for Julie Eichman, Energy Services Administrative Assistance or ask to speak with the Weatherization Department. 

If you wish to fill out an online Request for Weatherization, please do so here: 

Request for Weatherization Assistance Application

Request for Weatherization Assistance Application

Request for Weatherization Assistance

Requirements:1. Household must have applied for Energy Assistance.2. Please hat the person who applied for Energy Assistance also complete this Request for Weatherization.

 

WIOA Adult & Dislocated Workers Service Program

Assists individuals obtain employment or assistance with additional training to retain or advance the individual's employment opportunities.

Program Contact:

Lynn Ratzburg
Employment & Training Director
1.800.242.7334 

Counties Served:

  • Florence
  • Marinette
  • Oconto

Program Description:

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program assists individuals obtain employment or assistance with additional training to retain or advance the individual’s employment opportunities. Newcap has WIOA Career Service Specialists located at the Marinette County Job Center.

The responsibilities of the WIOA Career Service Specialists include the following:

      • Provide WIOA and Job Center services orientations to individuals
      • Determine eligibility for individuals referred to the WIOA program
      • Review customer prerequisite for training, including career planning and labor market information
      • Provide training information, assist with training application process including financial aide
      • Create a service strategy to obtain occupational goals with assistance of WIOA services
      • Coordinate and refer to other Job Center partners or community resources for additional services as necessary
      • Provide employment search assistance upon completion of training
      • Provide support services and follow-up services

Application Process:

Please fill out our intake form here.

The application process varies based on services needed. Contact your local Job Center for additional information.

Job Centers:

  • Marinette County Job Center
    1605 University Drive, Marinette, WI 54143
    1.715.732.7434

Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA) Program

Counties Served:

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

Program Description:

Wisconsin residents that have experienced a significant loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need help with their rent can apply. Brown County funds can be used for utility arrears (heat, electric, water & sewer, and trash).

Eligibility Guidelines:

  • The applicant has attained the age of 18
  • The applicant is a Wisconsin resident, and is listed on a current leas for housing in Wisconsin
  • At least one or more individuals in the household meets the following criteria:
    • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a significant reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship during the period of the COVID-19 public health emergency
    • Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing stability; and
    • Has a household income at or below 80 percent of CMI.
    • An eligible household that occupies a federally subsidized residential or mixed-use property may receive WERA assistance, provided that WERA funds are not applied to costs that have been or will be reimbursed under any other federal assistance.
    • NO Social Security Number is required to apply for or receive assistance

Application Process:

Please fill out our intake form here.

Work-N-Wheels Program

Provides help to income-eligible individuals with assistance in obtaining an affordable, dependable vehicle in order to get to work-related activities.

Program Contact:

JoAnn Usiak
Transportation Assistant
1-920-373-9008

Dave Leisner
Transportation Director

Counties Served:

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

Program Description:

The Work-N-Wheels Program is designed to help currently employed, income-eligible individuals with assistance in obtaining an affordable, dependable vehicle in order to get to work-related activities.  Eligible individuals may receive a no-interest loan for up to $5,000 to purchase a vehicle.  Loans are made with a maximum repayment time period of 34 months and payments of $150 per month.  A downpayment of 9%-10% is required.

This program is funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration
(FTA) as authorized under 49 U.S.C. § 5311 Formula Grants of Other
than Urbanized Areas (5311) (CFDA 20.509)

Eligibility Guidelines:

Must have an annual income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, actively employed and the vehicle must be required for work-related activities. Use our eligibility calculator to find out if you may be eligible for this program. 

Application Process:

Client must fill out an application and go through a screening process. 

Please first fill out our intake form here.

To apply for the Work N Wheels Program, fill out our fillable form here .