More than 1 in 10 of our state’s residents live below the poverty line. Last year, an alarming 17,000 homeless kids were enrolled in Wisconsin’s public schools. More than 320,000 low-income Wisconsin renters pay more than half their income for housing. In urban and rural areas alike, from factory closings to declining farm communities, Wisconsin has witnessed its share of economic and social challenges and unparalleled income disparities. As we approach 2022, we continue to see the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on low-income households.
Poverty is real in Wisconsin – but you can combat it. For over 40 years, WISCAP has been a catalyst for change and a vital part of the effort to help families escape poverty. WISCAP and our statewide network of community action agencies have always been there, providing immediate relief, while creating opportunities for families to attain economic security and advocating for meaningful public policies. For example, as of November 2021, our network has responded to the COVID-19 crisis by providing almost $81 million in emergency rental assistance to more than 20,000 households through the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA) program.
You can help fight poverty in Wisconsin by supporting WISCAP and our four core focus areas: policy & advocacy, public education, research, and member services. Your contribution will help us push for responsible budgets and public policies, raise public awareness, catalyze action, support the annual Poverty Matters Conference, and provide us with resources to support our member agencies with trainings, securing new funding and promoting best practices.
WISCAP believes that all of us are vulnerable to poverty and that the costs and consequences have a significant impact on everyone, whether poor or not. Poverty matters, and we can do something about it. Donate today – and become part of “Wisconsin’s Poverty Fighting Network”!
You can make a financial contribution to WISCAP in two ways: ONLINE by visiting our donate page or if you prefer by MAIL by sending cash or making a check out to “WISCAP” and mailing to our office at 30 W. Mifflin Street, Suite 406, Madison, WI 53703. WISCAP is a charitable organization that falls under section 501(c)(3) and therefore all donations are tax-deductible.
WISCAP sincerely appreciates your support.