The mission of West CAP since 1965 is to take action against poverty by developing the social and economic assets of low-income families and their communities and by working to create a more just and sustainable society. We provide the following services in Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties to meet the needs of low-income families. Additionally, we also cover Burnett & Washburn counties for the Weatherization Program.
Weatherization offers each home or multi unit building a computerized energy audit, air infiltration testing, and a general health & safety inspection. If the building qualifies we provide work that can include: Adding insulation to the building, replacement of furnace, hot water heater, refrigerator & freezer. Replacing light bulbs with LED bulbs, adding smoke/CO2 detectors and air sealing around doors and windows.
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations. West CAP administers this program for Dunn, St. Croix and Pepin Counties. Utility payments are made directly from the State of WI to vendors or customers.
Homeless Intervention Programs:
Homeless Intervention programs help low-income families and individuals achieve housing stability through a combination of rental assistance, case management, and connection to community resources. Staff work to match individuals and families with programs that meet their needs. These programs include:
Food Access and Resources Program:
The Food Access and Resources addresses the issue of food security and support for local food production in our communities through a variety of programs.
Community Housing Development:
CHDO provides development and asset management of affordable housing units throughout the West CAP service area. Through partnerships with private for-profit businesses and non-profit groups West CAP has developed, acquired or renovated over 500 units of housing across our service territory and outside our service area in Phillips, Wisconsin and Oskaloosa, Iowa. West CAP provides property management services to over 300 units of housing.