DHHS provides for several programs that
help a individuals and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
For more information about the programs listed below, call the
Walworth County Job Service Center at 262-723-3611.
The Food Stamp Program helps persons and families who have little money
or savings to buy the food they need for good health. The program is
supervised by the State of Wisconsin under an agreement with the US
Department of Agriculture. The basic program rules are the same everywhere
in the United States.
Food Stamps is based on a family's income and assets, not participation in a
There is no limit
on the length of time a person can remain eligible for Food Stamps.
benefits are used for purchasing food at designated grocery stores that
participate in the Food Stamp Program. These benefits come as either
coupons or as a swipe card.
benefits are only used to pay for food. As the goal of the Food Stamp
Program is to make it easier for persons to have nutritious, adequate diets,
Food Stamp benefits cannot be used to buy alcoholic beverages, tobacco or
cigarettes, soap and paper products, pet food or other non-food items.
Food Stamps can be
given on an emergency basis.
The Food Stamp
Employment and Training Program (FSET) assists people who get food stamps to
find a job through work activities and education and training.
Health Care Programs
Medicaid and BadgerCare are health care programs that provide health
insurance to low-income families, children and to pregnant women to help
keep families healthy. These programs have separate eligibility rules from
W-2 and do not have a time limit. Families at the high end of the income
limit pay a small monthly premium.
A person facing a current emergency due to fire, flood, a natural disaster,
an energy crisis, or homelessness (including potential eviction) may receive
up to $150 per family member. Emergency Assistance may also be available to
families facing homelessness due to a financial crisis.
Assistance for Refugees
Eligible refugees can receive cash and medical assistance.