Homeless Prevention

Homeless Assistance Program

“Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person.” – Anonymous

Homeless Prevention

Homeless Assistance Program

Helping individuals and families experiencing homelessness find a solution.

The Homeless Assistance Program focuses on individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness (court ordered eviction, having to leave a motel etc) or fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence. 

ELIGIBILITY: Persons must be homeless, at imminent risk of homelessness (court ordered eviction, having to leave a motel etc.), or fleeing/attempting to flee domestic violence. 

Where to start:
  • Potential participants must complete a Coordinated Entry Survey with a staff person. 
  • Eligibility for participating in the Homeless Program, and other options will be discussed at that time.
How to contact ADVOCAP for Homeless Assistance:
  • Contact a Family Development Specialist in your area for next steps and resources, including participating in a Coordinated Entry survey.
  • Fond du Lac: 920-922-7760
  • Oshkosh – 920-426-0150
  • Neenah - 920-725-2781
  • Berlin – 920-361-9880

Bridges Program

Providing temporary emergency financial assistance to those in need.

Eligible households may receive direct financial assistance towards eviction/ first months’ rent assistance, utility assistance, clothing & furniture Vouchers,  and employment related assistance such as bus passes, gas cards, car repairs, work boot and /or professional clothing vouchers. 

ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility is based on current funding and specific eligibility requirements determined by phone intake with case manager. Assistance is not guaranteed.

ADVOCAP Bridges Program
Application Process for the Bridges Program:
  • The intake process can completed over the phone to determine eligibility.
Contact a Bridges Case Manager to get started:
  • Phone (920)426-0150

PASS (People Achieving Self-Sufficiency)

Empowering individuals to make positive changes in their lives.

PASS provides an opportunity to work one-on-one with a coach to help you focus on how to make positive steps to moving towards self-sufficiency.  PASS Coaches can assist participants in setting goals and connecting to community resources  in  areas including employment, budgeting, childcare, clothing, health care, education, food access, housing, transportation and more. 

ELIGIBILITY: Potential participants must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of Fond du Lac or Winnebago Counties and experiencing multiple barriers to self sufficiency such as transportation, childcare, or a low-wage job. The PASS program requires a commitment to participate.

Application Process for the PASS Program:
  • Please contact one a PASS Community Services Specialist for next steps.
Please contact a PASS Community Services Specialist in your area to get started:
  • Fond du Lac: 920-922-7760
  • Oshkosh: 920-426-0150

WERA (Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The WERA Program is set to close January 31st, 2023. ADVOCAP will continue to process WERA applications for Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Green Lake and Calumet counties until January 31st, 2023. Funding is limited and not guaranteed to applicants.
The WERA Program provides assistance with paying rent, rent arrears, late fees, utilities and utility arrears (excluding telephone, garbage and sewer), security deposits, and mobile home lot rent.

ELIGIBILITY: Potential participants must be 18 years of age or old and have a valid lease for a unit in Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago, or Calumet Counties. Potential participants need to have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship relating to the coronavirus pandemic and  can demonstrate risk of homelessness or housing instability.

WERA application process:
  • Complete the Energy Assistance application.
  • Once the form is complete, a WERA Crisis Relief Specialist will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to apply for eligible financial assistance.
  • You will be asked to provide contact information for your landlord and to verify your household income. 
  • Forms can be emailed to you or you can make arrangements to pick them up at one of our offices. We will reach out to your landlord with the forms that he/she will need to complete. 
  • Once the process is started, you have 30 days to provide all requested information. 
Contact the ADVOCAP office in your area for WERA Services:
  • Fond du Lac: 920-922-7760
  • Oshkosh: 920-426-0150
  • Neenah: 920-725-2791
Energy Assistance Application Form:

Wisconsin Help For Homeowners

Providing assistance to households that are unable to pay mortgage, property taxes, utilities or other home related bills.

The WI Help for Homeowners program provides assistance to homeowners who are behind on their mortgage, property taxes, insurance, utilities, and/or homeowners association fees. Financial assistance may be provided for a variety of expenses incurred directly or indirectly due to the COVID pandemic.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible homeowners must currently own and occupy the property as their primary residence,  earn less than or equal to 100% AMI, based on household size, have the ability to pay their on-going housing costs, and maybe be asked to participate in housing counseling services. Eligible properties are sing family homes, condominium units, 2-4 unit properties where the owner occupies one of the units as their primary residence, and manufactured homes permanently affixed and taxed as real property.

WI Help for Homeowners application process:
  • Complete the WI Help for Homeowners Application online.
  • Upload proof of income for every adult over the age of 18 in the household, invoices for each type of assistance being requested, a Borrowers Consent Sharing agreement, and a drivers license or photo ID for each adult over the age of 18.
  • Additional information may be requested as needed.
Contact the Fond du Lac office to find out how to apply for WI Help for Homeowners Services:
  • Fond du Lac: 920-922-7760
WI Help for Homeowners Application Form: