Additional Homelessness Resources

The mission of 2-1-1 Wisconsin is to connect everyone in Wisconsin with quick and easy access to community-based health and human services information and resources.

Non-profit organization that currently provides "free" financial assistance to veterans and their families throughout Wisconsin.  Contact one of the four state offices.  Consumer Credit Counseling.pdf

Financial Assistance for veterans still serving in the military (active or reserve), those within 180 days of discharge and those being treated through a wounded warrior program.

The Supportive Service for Veterans and Families grants are awarded to private non-profit organizations that will assist low-income Veterans and Veteran Families residing in or transitioning to permanent housing.  Grantees will provide a range of supportive services to eligible Veteran families that are designed to promote housing stability. 

Who is eligible to participate in the SSVF Program:

  • A member of a “Veteran family”.  Either a Veteran, or a member of a family in which the head of household, or the spouse of the head of household, is a Veteran.
  • Very low-income; Household income does not exceed 50% of area median income.   The VA uses the median income for an area or community determined using the income limits most recently published by the Development for programs under section 8 of the US Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f), which can be found at

This information should be helpful in order to direct these services to a veteran or a veteran family in need.  To qualify for the other benefits listed below as part of the grant, a Veteran or Veteran Family must first meet the requirements for the housing need.  

Updated: Services available, may vary based on grantee providing the services 
  • Vocational and rehabilitation counseling
  • Employment and training service
  • Educational assistance
  • Health care services
  • Daily living services
  • Personal financial planning services
  • Transportation services
  • Income support services
  • Fiduciary and representative payee services
  • Legal services
  • Child care services
  • Housing counseling services

Including time-limited payments to third parties (temporary financial assistance payments on behalf of Veterans families to landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and eligible child care providers) provided these payments help Veteran Families remain in permanent housing or obtain permanent housing and meet other requirements per VA regulations.  Examples:  For veterans with a Hud-Vash voucher this program can pay the security deposit, and if required by the landlord the first month rent.  For veterans not entitled to Hud-Vash or those leaving transitional housing this program can pay for the security deposit, first month rent and eviction prevention if required.   

The Federal VA has just awarded yearly renewal grants for the following Wisconsin organizations to continue to provide SSVF services to veterans and veterans with families beyond October 1, 2014:

  • Center for Veterans Issues - Milwaukee: serving 20 counties, $2,000,000
  • Veterans Assistance Foundation - Tomah: serving 38 counties, $619,400
  • Community Action Coalition for South Central WI - Madison: serving 3 counties, $322,500
  • Indianhead Community Action Agency - Ladysmith: serving 6 counties, $218,862
  • Transitional Living Services – McHenry, IL: serving Kenosha and 3 Illinois counties, $341,204
​SSVF Program Location Map
VA’s Homeless Outreach Coordinators HCHV

Appleton/Green Bay, WI VA
Jesse Fredriksen, Phone: 920-428-1904
Rikka Kushava, Phone: 920-515-4233

​Iron Mountain, MI VA
Nicole Foster-Holdwick Phone: 906.774.3300

Madison, WI VA 
Heather Dempsey, Phone: 608-280-2095
Adam Howarth, Phone: 608.280.2095

Milwaukee, WI VA
Mary Meyer, Phone: 414.308.8322

Minneapolis, MN VA
Alyssa Short-Minneapolis Coordinator
Office: 612-467-4540
Cell: 612-990-9681
612-313-3240-CRRC Main Number
Tomah, WI VA
Amanda Steinhoff Phone: 608.372.3971​​​​​