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Prairie Heights: Breaking New Ground in Affordable Housing

By Samantha Phillipps, Grant Specialist EAU CLAIRE, WI – Overlooking the Eau Claire River at 3155 Birch Street, a new housing development is breaking new ground in more ways than one. Community members can be a part of kicking off this project at a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for 1:30PM on June 15. This 60-unit rental project is blazing the trail for green, affordable housing with its use of renewable energy systems that will include photovoltaic solar panels, geothermal technology, and … Read More

West CAP Featured in Earth Day Video from the Federal Office of Community Services

🎬 It’s Here! 🌎     Office of Community Services – Administration for Children & Families: How CSBG funds are supporting Clean Energy & Affordable Housing in Wisconsin To watch, click the image above or follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzWTDJ5zSp0     In honor of Earth Day, the federal Office of Community Services (OCS) recently highlighted how its anti-poverty programs work to mitigate the effects of climate change and promote environmental justice. One key feature included a four-minute video capturing the work … Read More

JumpStart Program Helps Single Mom, Kristina, purchase a reliable vehicle

Our JumpStart program was created to help individuals and families acquire quality, affordable cars so they have a reliable way to get to work, pick up groceries, and live a self-sufficient life here in rural Wisconsin. Through the program, West CAP is able to help income-eligible drivers like Kristina put a $1,000 down payment on a vehicle of their choice, and then obtain a low-interest, 60-month car loan through WESTconsin Credit Union. Visit our jumpstart page for complete program details and application … Read More


West CAP employees will be on-site to talk about what programs and services we have available and to answer any questions! 1300 ResidencesRiver Falls, WI9AM-11AMWednesdayApril 26, 2023 Abbey GroveHudson, WI12:30pm-2:30pmWednesdayApril 26, 2023 Dakota MeadowsNew Richmond, WI3pm-5pmWednesdayApril 26, 2023

West CAP is Currently Seeking Low-Income Board Reps

West CAP has immediate openings for a low-income representative from Barron, Pepin, Polk , and St. Croix Counties for our Board of Directors to fill mid-terms.  Meetings are held monthly on Monday evenings. Eligibility Federal Poverty Guidelines – Gross Monthly Income at or below – Self Declared Household Size 125% 1 $16,988 2 $22,888 3 $28,788 4 $34,688 Each Additional Person + $5,900 This is an excellent opportunity to assist our organization with developing programs that meet the needs of … Read More

St. John’s Youth Donate Kits to West CAP’s Homeless Intervention Program

West CAP staff were surprised by a recent donation of 25 kits for our Homeless Intervention Program! A group of Faith Formation youth from Glenwood City’s St. John The Baptist Catholic Church collected donations of towels, blankets, socks and hygiene products to create 25 kits as a service project to help families in need through West CAP’s Homeless Intervention services. The kits come at a critical time, as the cost of living has increased dramatically over the past year, and … Read More

WERA: Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Set to Close January 31

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE1/20/2023 The Governor’s office announced the upcoming closing of the federally funded Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance program (WERA).  Applications are set to close on January 31, 2023 due to low remaining funds available.  Housing stability services will continue even after rental benefit funds are exhausted. WERA launched in February 2021 to help families avoid homelessness due to pandemic-related financial hardship. The program was administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration in partnership with WISCAP, the state’s community action … Read More

West CAP Recieves WHEDA Foundation Grant for Low-Income Housing Upgrades

WHEDA recently awarded $2 million in grant funds to organizations across Wisconsin that provide emergency shelter, transitional residences, and extremely low-income housing, including a $50,000 grant to West CAP. This grant is funded in part by WHEDA and by American Rescue Plan Act in a joint effort to create or improve safe, housing, esspecially for community members with complex needs. West CAP will be using these funds to replace outdated heating systems and install air-source heat pumps and hybrid water … Read More

Former Homeless Intervention Program Participant Graduates from CVTC Nursing Program

“When I first came to West CAP, I was homeless and staying at the local women’s shelter. West CAP helped me get housing, they helped pay for gas and books so I could earn my CNA, and they helped me set goals for my future.” Carrie Kittelson has overcome incredible obstacles, including abuse and homelessness, to get where she is today. Last month, on December 20th, she graduated from CVTC-River Falls with a nursing degree. She has already been offered … Read More

181 Children Receive Holiday Gifts Thanks to YOU!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our annual Holiday Gift Drive! Each year, we strive to lighten the burden felt by so many families during the holidays by collecting donations of toys, clothing, and gift cards to give to low-income families in Boyceville, Glenwood City, and Spring Valley communities. This year, we had 60 eligible families register for the program. Thanks to the generosity of local donors and businesses, a total of 181 children will be receiving gifts and needs this holiday season. … Read More

Please Note:

West CAP office locations will be closed to the public for walk-ins on Wednesday and Thursday, February 22 & 23 due to snow and subsequent staffing shortages.