Covid 19

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Families First until further notice is not meeting with clients face to face but will have appointments over the phone and answer questions by email.


Please call ahead for paperwork pick ups and drop offs so that we can make arrangements.  Clients are encouraged to leave voice mails and calls will be returned as soon as possible.   Call us at 608-374-4141

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Housing Choice Voucher

The Housing Choice Voucher is a federal program funded by The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and administered by Monroe County Housing Authority.   It lets you choose your place of residency, renting from a private landlord.  Tenants will pay 30% to 40% of their adjusted gross income and HUD will pay the remaining amount to the landlord.  This program serves people of all ages of very low income families, elderly & challenged.  Allowances for utility costs are considered when determining rent.  Some restrictions apply.


 Sources of income include:

  • Wages & salaries

  • Tips & Cash income

  • Social Security Benefits

  • Federal & State SSI

  • Child Support & CTS (Caretaker)

  • Unemployment

  • Pensions

  • Interest income from land and assets

  • W2


The Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA) program offers eligible households assistance with current or late rent, energy or utility bills, and other housing costs dating back to the start of the pandemic. 

Applicants must be a Wisconsin resident who has experienced a significant income loss or costs due directly or indirectly to COVID-19, is at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, and has a household income at or below 80% of the county median income.  

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A cooperative effort to provide free health care for Monroe County residents who have no health insurance and whose financial status prevents seeking medical treatment.

Thanks to our great supporters for their donations!

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Families First of Monroe County

~ An active member of the Monroe County Community.  We support & assist residents through their financial & life challenges with respectful & empowering services ~

Did You Know?

  • Homelessness, is a state in which an individual or family lacks a fixed, regular & adequate nighttime residence.

  • Over 50% of the children in Monroe County school districts live in a household in which inadequate income makes them eligible for free or reduced breakfast & lunch while in school.  For some children, these will be the only adequate meals of the day they will receive.

  • It is legal for households to be evicted in the middle of winter; in sub-zero temperatures, for non-payment of rent.  Whether children are in the house or not has no bearing in the process.

  • Water & sewer services can also be disconnected at any time of the year, for non-payment of this utility fee.

  • Monroe County has no shelter facility for homeless single persons or families.

Contributions are Welcomed!


Families First is a private, 501(c) 3 non-profit charitable agency that serves Monroe County residents in need of resources, referrals and information.  Our agency's purpose is simply to assist residents who are less fortunate, or in emergency situations, with confidential and free services as funding allows.

Your tax deductible contributions are welcomed.  Mail to:


Families First ~ P. O. Box 707

Tomah, WI 54660


In need ~ the 2012 U.S. Census reports that 15% of Monroe County residents are living in proverty

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Families First of Monroe County

1500 North Superior Avenue, Suite #2

P. O. Box 707

Tomah, WI 54660 ~ 608-374-4141