Economic Support


The Economic Support Unit provides a network of effective and equitable programs, which provide opportunities for economic self sufficiency and strengthen the bond between families and communities.


  • ACCESS - Programs for Health, Nutrition & Child Care

      All verification items should be sent to:

     Centralized Document Processing Unit
     P.O Box 5234
     Janesville, WI 53547-5234
     or Faxed to: 1-855-293-1822

         Are you a family looking for help paying child care or do you need more information about the Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program? 

         Would you like information or apply for Wisconsin FoodShare Assistance?

         Are you or your family looking for health care coverage?

The Northern Income Maintenance Consortium determines eligibility for BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, FoodShare and ChildCare Assistance for residents living in Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas and Wood Counties.

To apply for benefits or ask questions about these programs
» Call 1-888-794-5722
Monday - Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
» Apply online at
Make an appointment by calling your local Human Services Office
Ashland County Health & Human Services Office Phone Number 715-682-7004
  • Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) is available to help low and moderate income households with heating and electric expenses. WHEAP is a one-time benefit payment for each heating season beginning October 1 and ending May 15. The benefit is intended to help pay a portion of the heating costs and is not intended to cover the entire annual cost of the home heating bill. The amount of the heating assistance benefit depends on the household size, income level and household heating costs.

If you are eligible for heating assistance, you may also qualify for crisis assistance and the furnace repair or replacement program.

Please call 715-682-7004 during our regular office hours, Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have a no-heat/furnace emergency after hours or on weekends, please call the Ashland County Sheriff's Department Dispatch at 715-682-7023 opt. 1.

Home Energy Plus Application

Information on the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program

 To inquire via email, send to

**The WHEAP program is administered by the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration**


Home Energy

Apply for WHEAP online


 Quest card information

 To report fraud

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