Economic Support Programs, Services, and Links

Services Provided by Economic Support


  • BadgerCare Plus is a program that provides health care coverage for eligible low-income Wisconsin residents.
  • Medicaid-Wisconsin's Medicaid provides health care coverage for those who:
    • Are age 65 or older, blind, or disabled
    • Have family income at or below the monthly program limit
    • Are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants
  • Caretaker Supplement is a cash benefit available to parents who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income Payments.  Find more information about this program on the "Other Programs" tab on the Department of Health Services website here: Department of Health Services website
  • FoodShare Wisconsin is a program that helps eligible low-income Wisconsin residents buy the food they need for good health.  Find more information about this program and other nutrition programs including Free and Reduced School lunches, Elderly Nutrition, Emergency Food Assistance, and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) on the Department of Health Services website here: Department of Health Services website on the Nutrition Programs tab.
  • Child Care-Wisconsin's Child Care Subsidy program, Wisconsin Shares, helps families pay for child care.  If the parent is eligible, child care can be subsidized for children under the age of 13 (up to 19 if special needs).
  • FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) is a free program that helps FoodShare members build their job skills and find jobs.
  • Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations.
    • Furnace Assistance-WHEAP emergency heating system assistance can provide services to eligible home owners if the furnace or boiler stops operating during the heating season. Heating system assistance includes payment for repairs, or in some situations your residence may qualify for a total replacement of a non-operating furnace or boiler.  Call our local office immediately at 715-373-6144 if you are experiencing a no heat situation.  If you are calling outside of regular business hours, then please listen to the recorded message for additional contact information. 
    • Crisis Assistance-A household may be eligible for crisis assistance if you have not heat, have received a disconnect notice from the heating vendor, or are nearly out of fuel and do not have the money to purchase more.  Crisis assistance is available through our office and our phone message will provide a 24-hour crisis phone number to help with emergencies that occur after business hours.  Crisis assistance is intended to provide emergency and/or proactive services to assist eligible households experiencing an energy crisis.
    • Income Guidelines for the 2018-2019 Home Energy Plus Program Year

      Household    3 month                 Annual

      Size               Income                   Income

      1                  $ 6,870.00                 $27,480

      2                  $ 8,983.75                 $35,935

      3                  $11,097.75                $44,391

      4                  $13,211.50                $52,846

      5                  $15,325.25                $61,301

      6                  $17,439.25                $69,757 

    • The Home Energy Plus Program uses a previous three month income test which is annualized to determine program income eligibility.
    • Contact our office at (715) 373-6144 to apply for this program or stop by to pick up an application.

Northern Income Maintenance Consortium


Bayfield County is proud to be a member of the Northern Income Maintenance (IM) Consortium. Most assistance programs, except FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) Case Management and the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP), are administered as part of the Northern Income Maintenance Consortium. This means that eligibility and benefit determinations will be managed by a team of income maintenance workers.

You can apply for these programs online, by phone, by mail, or in person at the Bayfield County office. Contact us at the Northern IM Consortium at 888-794-5722 for more information.