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Wisconsin Works (W-2)
The Wisconsin Works (W-2) program is available to parents of minor children whose family income is below 115% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Each W-2 eligible participant meets with a Financial and Employment Planner (FEP), who helps the individual develop an employability plan. Read more about the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program.
For information about benefits and services available through the W-2 program, please refer to our W-2 Benefits & Services brochure.
How to Apply for W-2
To apply for W-2 benefits contact your local W-2 agency. To find your local W-2 agency please refer to the W-2 Agency Locator.
For information on what to bring when applying for benefits, please refer to "What To Bring With You".
Find directions to your local agency by using Mapquest.
Emergency Assistance (EA)
Low-income families with a child may receive Emergency Assistance (EA) to help keep their home, or in some cases, to help with the cost of a new residence. Families must have a current emergency of impending homelessness, homelessness, energy crisis, fire, flood or natural disaster. Families must not have received an EA payment in the past 12 months. Families must apply for other payment options. Families also must meet other EA requirements.
Apply at your local
Wisconsin Works (W-2) agency. To find your local W-2 agency please refer to the
More about Emergency Assistance
For Emergency Assistance policy, see the EA Manual.
Job Access Loan (JAL) Information
Job Access Loans are short-term, no interest loans to help you with immediate expenses related to getting or keeping your job. To apply for a Job Access Loan, you must visit your local W-2 agency to complete the application process in person.
To find your local W-2 agency, use our W-2 Agency Locator.
Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) and Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA)
Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) and Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) are programs made to give temporary help to new refugees. RCA is a starting place for new refugees who are not eligible for W-2, SSI or Match Grant. Assistance is available for the first eight months a refugee is in the country. All RCA recipients must also enroll in an employment program to help them find a job as quickly as possible.
RMA is a part of the Medical Assistance (MA) program, providing an MA card and benefits to needy refugees who are not eligible for MA due to different reasons. This type of assistance is also only available for the first eight months a refugee is in the country.
Transform Milwaukee Jobs (TMJ)
The Transform Milwaukee Jobs (TMJ) program was created in the Department of Children and Families (DCF) by the 2013-15 Biennial Budget (2013 Wisconsin Act 20) as a permanent transitional jobs program to assist low-income adults in Milwaukee County transition into stable unsubsidized employment.
Please refer to the TMJ Service Area map.More about Transform Milwaukee Jobs
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides federal funding for Community Action Agencies and other programs throughout Wisconsin that seek to address poverty at the community level. The intent of CSBG is to promote economic self-sufficiency for Wisconsin's low-income households through resource mobilization, training & development, and advocacy. For more information about CSBG, visit the WISCAP web site.