The Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc. (CWCAC) is one of 16 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in the state of Wisconsin with its primary mission to help poor families and individuals who subsist in poverty by providing a variety of services and programs to help them achieve independence and increased levels of prosperity. CWCAC is centrally located; with our administrative office in the city of Wisconsin Dells and a geographic service area covering the five (5) counties of Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Juneau and Sauk.
Services and programs provided by CWCAC include:
- Home Weatherization
- First-Time Home Buyer Financial Assistance
- Handicapped Home Accessibility Renovations
- Home Repair and Rehabilitation
- Homeless Housing
- Homeless Prevention and Intervention
- Job-Related Education and Training
- Small Business Assistance Loans
- Employment-Related Car Loans
- Financial Management for Home Buyers
- Hunger Reduction, Food & Nutrition Accessibility
- Summer Lunch for Kids
- Protective Payroll and Guardianships
- Emergency Furnace Repair and Replacement
- Community Development Block Grant Administration for Local Municipalities
- Housing Development for the Disabled
- Affordable Housing Development for Seniors and Families
- Crisis Assistance and Referral, and
- Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) Administration
Recognizing the vast extent of the need for our programs and services, CWCAC does not operate in isolation. We are one of the many community organizations, both public and private, that provide social and human services. Inter-agency referral and collaboration among and between committed organizations is critical to solving individual and social problems. CWCAC is proud to be a contributor and collaborator with these many organizations.
A significant example of this collaboration is an effort between CWCAC and one of our sister Community Action Agencies to provide for an affordable senior housing apartment development. With CAP Services Inc., out of Stevens Point, having experience capturing tax credit funding for affordable housing construction and CWCAC being a Community Housing Development Organization (CHODO) with access to grant funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Wisconsin Division of Housing, our two agencies successfully completed three separate senior housing projects: two in the City of Adams, the other in the City of Mauston. In total, 80 two-bedroom units with attached garages were constructed and are now occupied by very satisfied seniors.
This effort exemplifies how our statewide WISCAP association continuously works together. Many of these innovative projects are possible because of the national ‘seed’ money Wisconsin’s CAAs receive from the federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) The $8 million in CSBG funding Wisconsin receives annually is magnified over 25 times, stimulating communities and allowing for new and effective approaches to helping people climb out of poverty. Reducing any amount of CSBG funding is not in the best interest of our county, our state, or of poor people.
Although the “poor will always be with us,” we—as Americans—have a responsibility to assist the less fortunate and continue to provide means and solutions for them to escape poverty. Your understanding and active support is important.
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