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JSOnline - Wisconsin Judicare funding could decrease again

JSOnline - Wisconsin Judicare funding could decrease again

8/19/2012

One of the major agencies providing free or low-cost civil legal services to Wisconsin's poorest residents is facing another round of significant layoffs.

In January 2011, Legal Action of Wisconsin employed 114 people to serve a 39-county area. Due to funding cuts, that staff shrank to 88 last month through a combination of attrition and 15 layoffs.

Now, said Executive Director John Ebbott, another 28 positions could be lost if the next funding squeeze goes through.

The same reductions are expected at legal aid programs nationwide, where as many as 750 employees - including some 350 lawyers - could be out of jobs. The shrinkage is largely attributable to Congress' continued pressure to defund the Legal Services Corp., a primary source of money for more than 130 legal aid programs.

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State Bar Of Wisconsin - Access to Justice Commission Public Hearings on Challenges Facing Low-income Residents

State Bar Of Wisconsin - Access to Justice Commission Public Hearings on Challenges Facing Low-income Residents

8/29/2012

The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission is continuing its efforts to gather input from attorneys, judges, and the public on the challenges low-income Wisconsin residents face when they need legal help with critical civil legal problems. In July, the commission began a series of regional public hearings around the state to collect this additional information and to support efforts designed to close the justice gap. Hearings are scheduled in Milwaukee Sept. 13, Madison on Sept. 18, Wausau on Oct. 2, and La Crosse on Oct. 16.

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New Video Highlights Critical Role of Legal Aid in Disaster Recovery

New Video Highlights Critical Role of Legal Aid in Disaster Recovery

1/19/2013

Did you know that when disaster strikes, LSC-funded legal aid offices work with state and local bar associations and pro bono attorneys to provide a critical element of disaster recovery?

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Low Income Workers Could Get Up To $5,800 Tax Refund

Low Income Workers Could Get Up To $5,800 Tax Refund

1/25/2013

Low-income workers got a friendly reminder from the IRS today: You could be eligible for up to $5,800 in refundable tax credits.  Known as the "Earned Income Tax Credit," it's intended to help low-to-moderate-income workers who earned up to $50,270 in 2012.

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State Reduces Tax Credits, Affects Rural Poor

1/28/2013

As the federal government tries to raise awareness about a tax credit for the working poor, Wisconsin is seeing savings by reducing what’s known as the “earned income tax credit.”

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Tax Relief Scams

Tax Relief Scams

2/5/2013

The FTC recently settled its case against American Tax Relief for $15 million dollars.  You can find the press release here:  http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/02/americantax.shtm  

Since tax season is upon us, it is also a good time to remind you that the FTC has consumer education materials on tax relief companies that you can find here:  http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0137-tax-relief-companies.  As always, feel free to use and adapt it as necessary. 

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Where's my refund? IRS website overwhelmed

Where's my refund? IRS website overwhelmed

2/16/2013

The Internal Revenue Service reports being overrun with eager taxpayers looking for their refunds.

The IRS says its website "Where's my refund?" and smart phone app are updated once a day -- usually overnight.

The agency posts when the tax return is received, when the refund is approved and when the refund is sent. They're telling people there's no need to check the website or app multiple times a day.

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Indian Adoption Case Sparks Wisconsin Involvement

Indian Adoption Case Sparks Wisconsin Involvement

2/20/2013

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the federal Indian Child Welfare Act blocks the adoption of a Native American child by a non-Indian couple. The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Indian Law Section may file a brief opposing the adoption.

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IRS Has $917 Million for People Who Have Not Filed a 2009 Income Tax Return

IRS Has $917 Million for People Who Have Not Filed a 2009 Income Tax Return

3/14/2013

WASHINGTON — Refunds totaling just over $917 million may be waiting for an estimated 984,400 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2009, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. However, to collect the money, a return for 2009 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 15, 2013.

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IRS:  Beware Bogus Emails

IRS: Beware Bogus Emails

3/21/13

With the tax filing deadline looming large, the IRS says crooks are trying to get people to panic and hand over personal information under threat of trouble with your return.

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Low-Income Residents Can Apply for Energy Assistance

Low-Income Residents Can Apply for Energy Assistance

3/27/2013

Wisconsin low-income residents who are worried about affording their winter energy bills can apply to a federally funded program that helps cover utility costs.

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Will Wisconsin Restore State Funding For Civil Legal Services to the Poor?

Will Wisconsin Restore State Funding For Civil Legal Services to the Poor?

4/3/2013

This article highlights the state of funding for civil legal services in Wisconsin, while noting that increased state funding can reduce the number of pro se litigants in Wisconsin courts, leading to fairer results and increased efficiency in the courts.

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State Bar Says Court Funding Should Be a State Budget Priority

State Bar Says Court Funding Should Be a State Budget Priority

4/10/2013

The State Bar of Wisconsin shares the state Supreme Court’s concern that the proposed reduction in the court’s budget in the 2013-15 state budget bill could have a detrimental impact on the state’s justice system.

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Contact Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic in WI

Contact Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic in WI

4/23/13

If you are a low income taxpayer who needs assistance in resolving tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and you cannot afford representation, you may qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) that provides free or nominal cost assistance.

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Regulators Strike at Bank Payday Loans

4/25/13

Agencies want banks to disclose a clear interest rate and analyze a borrower’s ability to repay.

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Access to Justice:  After 'Gideon'

Access to Justice: After 'Gideon'

5/21/2013

Fifty years after the Supreme Court determined in Gideon v. Wainwright that criminal defendants must be provided with counsel, scholars and practitioners from around the country grappled with continued limits on access to justice during an Harvard Law School conference in April titled “Toward a Civil Gideon:  The Future of Legal Services.”

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A Decisive Moment for Access to Justice Funding in Wisconsin

A Decisive Moment for Access to Justice Funding in Wisconsin

May 22, 2013

The stage is set for the state of Wisconsin to support an important expansion of access to justice in our state. For months, the State Bar of Wisconsin has worked with the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission and other stakeholders to support a targeted state appropriation for civil legal services to abuse victims in Wisconsin.

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A Poor Excuse For Justice...

5/22/2013

A POOR person who commits a crime has the right to an attorney.  A poor person in a civil case does not.  Not even if there's a risk of losing their home or a child or protection from abuse.  Poor people in such cases represent themselves.  Seem fair?

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Rural Poverty: Hidden & Growing

6/5/2013

While the word “poverty” may evoke images of blighted city neighborhoods, poverty levels actually are higher in rural counties.

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Monthly Homeless Population Remains The Same

Monthly Homeless Population Remains The Same

6/12/2013

Wisconsin’s homeless population has remained relatively stable during the past few years, according to a semiannual report

The number of unsheltered homeless people has gone down during that same time, but advocates warn that doesn’t mean the situation is improving.

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Safety Net Programs Kept Families from Poverty

Safety Net Programs Kept Families from Poverty

6/20/2013

Is the social safety net still working in Wisconsin?  ...Tax-related provisions and near-cash benefits provided a buffer against poverty for many working families in 2011, a new report by the University of Wisconsin–Madison finds.

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Poverty Rate Up in 2011

Poverty Rate Up in 2011

6/20/2013

More Wisconsin residents were living in poverty — including one in eight children — according to a new report that accounts for both family income and government assistance programs.

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Report Ranks Wisconsin 12th in Nation for Kids

Report Ranks Wisconsin 12th in Nation for Kids

6/24/2013

Children's lives have improved as Wisconsin's economy recovers, but many families are still worse off now than before the Great Recession, according to an annual report that tracks children's welfare.

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Poverty Rising, Schools Increase Free Summer Meals Program

Poverty Rising, Schools Increase Free Summer Meals Program

6/24/2013

Rising poverty has led to a substantial increase in the number of schools participating in free summer meal programs for school-age kids.

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Volunteers Needed for Summer Homeless Count

Volunteers Needed for Summer Homeless Count

6/27/2013

Among 6 inches of snow and ice, about 20 volunteers found nine homeless people living in the city, staying under bridges and in laundromats, parking lots and parks.

Next month, the Point in Time Count, which is organized by members of the United Way of Marathon County’s Housing and Homelessness Coalition, will be repeated and organizers expect to find even more homeless people.

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Harbor House Hosts 5k Run/Walk

Harbor House Hosts 5k Run/Walk

6/29/2013

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)-- The only homeless shelter in Douglas County that helps single women and families kicked off their annual 5K on June 29, 2013.

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Northern Wisconsin Legal Advice Project (NWLAP)

Northern Wisconsin Legal Advice Project (NWLAP)

7/1/2013

Wisconsin Judicare launched a new online legal advice tool for residents of the 10th Judicial District on July 1, 2013.  It’s called Northern Wisconsin Legal Advice Project (NWLAP).  Through this website, once your eligibility is determined, you can ask simple legal questions on a variety of legal issues.  A volunteer private attorney will review your question and respond as soon as they can.

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Legal Aid Providers Appeal to Congress' Heartstrings

Legal Aid Providers Appeal to Congress' Heartstrings

7/2/2013

The nation’s providers of civil legal services put something new between the charts and numbers of next year’s budget request -- the faces of children, seniors, and veterans representing people to whom they provided life-changing help last year.

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What Wisconsin's BadgerCare Medicaid Program Means for You

What Wisconsin's BadgerCare Medicaid Program Means for You

7/11/2013

Wisconsin's new budget is reforming the state's Medicaid program. The new BadgerCare Plus Health Insurance Program is set to debut in January 2014. The proposed program won't affect anyone below 100-percent of the federal poverty level. But those currently enrolled and above that cut-off will be notified in September that they've been removed.

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Report Ranks Wisconsin 12th in Nation for Kids

Report Ranks Wisconsin 12th in Nation for Kids

7/22/2013

Children's lives are improving with the economy in Wisconsin, but many families remain worse off than before the Great Recession.

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House, Senate Panels at Odds Over Legal Services Budget

7/22/2013

Congressional committees have approved budget proposals for Legal Services Corp. but did little to clear up whether the nation's civil legal service providers will take yet another hit next year.

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Kids & Hunger:  A Growing Problem in Western Wisconsin

Kids & Hunger: A Growing Problem in Western Wisconsin

7/23/2013

Even in a small town, where knowing your neighbors brings a sense of pride; it can be hard to know if your neighbor is struggling to eat.

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Lennox Dealers of WI & Upper MI 4th Annual Heat UP Wisconsin Program

Lennox Dealers of WI & Upper MI 4th Annual Heat UP Wisconsin Program

7/31/2013

This statewide program is a way for Lennox dealers to give back to their communities and provides up to one hundred furnaces, completely installed at no cost to home owners.

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New Effort to End Homelessness in Marathon County

New Effort to End Homelessness in Marathon County

7/31/2013

On Wednesday, July 31st, from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., United Way’s Housing and Homelessness Coalition will host the second Point-In-Time Count and Project Connect.

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Point in Time Count to Help Determine State of Homelessness

Point in Time Count to Help Determine State of Homelessness

7/31/2013

More than a dozen volunteers and area shelters want to find out the state of homelessness in Eau Claire County.

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Scammers Get Savvier in Trying to Swindle Wisconsin Utility Customers

Scammers Get Savvier in Trying to Swindle Wisconsin Utility Customers

8/5/2013

They program caller ID, ask for money so power isn't cut off.

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Homeless Shelters Overflowing in Small Wisconsin City

Homeless Shelters Overflowing in Small Wisconsin City

8/5/2013

Smaller cities and towns in the Midwestern United States have not escaped [the] scourge of destitution and poverty.

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Legal Services Corp. Budget Slashed by Sequester in the Face of Unprecedented Need

Legal Services Corp. Budget Slashed by Sequester in the Face of Unprecedented Need

8/13/2013

Legal Services Corporation board chair John G. Levi today told the ABA House of Delegates that abysmally low funding in recent years for representing the needy has gotten much worse because of Congress' budget sequestration.

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Homeless Shelters Not Able to Take in All Families that Need Help

Homeless Shelters Not Able to Take in All Families that Need Help

8/22/2013

The Beacon House and Western Dairyland say they have had to turn away hundreds of families because they do not have enough space for homeless families.

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Judicare launches Northern Wisconsin Legal Advice Project

Judicare launches Northern Wisconsin Legal Advice Project

7/29/2013

On July 1, 2013, Wisconsin Judicare and the Tenth Judicial District Pro Se Committee launched a new online legal advice website called Northern Wisconsin Legal Advice Project (www.NWLAP.org).

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Poverty Simulation Hopes to Raise Awareness

Poverty Simulation Hopes to Raise Awareness

8/27/2013

Brown County's Homeless and Housing Coalition is working to increase awareness of poverty in Northeast Wisconsin.

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Care Consortium to Take On 11 New Counties

Care Consortium to Take On 11 New Counties

8/31/2013

Five central Wisconsin counties working together to provide services to people with disabilities and the elderly soon will be responsible for groups in 11 more counties.

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5 Things You Should Know About Hunger and Poverty

5 Things You Should Know About Hunger and Poverty

9/9/2013

Hunger and poverty affect far too many Americans.  Click here to find out 5 things you should know about hunger and poverty.

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WI Medicaid Recipients Losing Coverage to Get Letter

WI Medicaid Recipients Losing Coverage to Get Letter

9/23/2013

BadgerCare recipients who make too much money to remain in the program next year will receive letters this week from Gov. Scott Walker's administration letting them know that their coverage is about to end and that they can shop for insurance through the new online exchange.

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What You Should Know If Your BadgerCare is Ending

What You Should Know If Your BadgerCare is Ending

9/25/2013

You may soon get a letter telling you that your BadgerCare eligibility may end at the end of December because of your income.

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Energy Assistance

Energy Assistance

10/1/2013

Need help with your energy bills?

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Energy Assistance - Jan. & Feb.

Energy Assistance - Jan. & Feb.

1/1/2014

Heating bills getting you down?

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Advocates for Homeless Say Better Metrics, 'Housing First' Approach Needed

Advocates for Homeless Say Better Metrics, 'Housing First' Approach Needed

10/16/2013

A national advocate for ending homelessness says the problem is actually solvable, with some changed approaches.

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ATTENTION ATTORNEYS!

ATTENTION ATTORNEYS!

10/28/2013

Click here for details on Wisconsin Judicare's Fall CLE Seminar!

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Assessment Shows Need to Help Local Low-Income People

Assessment Shows Need to Help Local Low-Income People

11/23/2013

Wood, Marathon and Lincoln counties saw increases in poverty rates during the last decade that are concerning to officials.

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United Way Coalition Aiding Those Struggling with Homelessness

United Way Coalition Aiding Those Struggling with Homelessness

11/27/2013

The United Way's Housing and Homelessness Coalition has been busy working around the community to aid those struggling.

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Lammers, West CAP Team Up for Homeless Families

Lammers, West CAP Team Up for Homeless Families

12/5/2013

Lammers Food Fest is partnering with West CAP to help Dunn County families that are experiencing homelessness.

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With Holidays Over, More Homeless Expected To Be On Streets

With Holidays Over, More Homeless Expected To Be On Streets

12/26/2013

With the holiday season winding down, more people without a home are expected to be back on the streets or living in emergency shelters.

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Coincidences Return Lost Ring to Owner

Coincidences Return Lost Ring to Owner

1/8/2014

A woman and her ring were reunited last month after an unlikely series of coincidences.

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National Stalking Awareness Month 2014

National Stalking Awareness Month 2014

1/2014

January is National Stalking Awareness Month.  If you are being stalked there are resources to help you stay safe.

Go to Stalking Resource Center.

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Native Americans Are The Most Stalked Group

Native Americans Are The Most Stalked Group

1/25/2014

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is a crime, and the most stalked group of people is Native Americans.

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Crimes Against Women Often Involve Stalking

Crimes Against Women Often Involve Stalking

2/1/2014

With stalking playing a part in recent high-profile domestic violence homicides in Wisconsin, domestic violence advocates here say there is urgency to raising awareness about this dangerous behavior.

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Special Report:  Surviving Homelessness

Special Report: Surviving Homelessness

2/5/2014

An update for you on a Newsline 9 special report. Last year we introduced you to Leon. He was homeless and living in the woods in Wausau.

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Ray of Hope for Abused Native American Women

Ray of Hope for Abused Native American Women

2/20/2014

For almost four decades, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has barred tribes from prosecuting non-American Indian defendants. But as part of last year's re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a new program now allows tribes to try some non-Indian defendants in domestic abuse cases.

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2014 Indian Wills Caravan

3/5/2014

Judicare staff and Students from Columbia Law School will be at the following locations to assist anyone who wants to draft a will, powers of attorney, and other basic estate planning services for free.

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Pathway to Independence:  Program Helps Participants Become Self-Sufficient, Improve Lives

Pathway to Independence: Program Helps Participants Become Self-Sufficient, Improve Lives

3/5/2014

Rachel Ben-Ismail is quickly learning what goes into home ownership, whether it’s figuring out why the heat hasn’t kicked in or putting together a landscape plan.  Before buying her house on Jefferson Street, Ben-Ismail had lived most of her life in subsidized housing and never had to worry about those sorts of things.  She grew up living in properties managed by the Chicago Housing Authority and received assistance from the Oshkosh/Winnebago Housing Authority after moving to Wisconsin.  But they were issues she wanted to tackle, and a federal housing program administered by the housing authority gave her a way to do it.

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New GB Ordinance Gives Tenants More Power

New GB Ordinance Gives Tenants More Power

3/7/2014

The city of Green Bay is taking a new approach to cleaning up neighborhoods and giving tenants more rights. The city says it's the first in Wisconsin to enact a local ordinance that investigates tenant-landlord problems and enforces violations with steep fines.

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Aging and Disability Resource Center Provides Resources

Aging and Disability Resource Center Provides Resources

3/11/2014

We've got a lot of resources here in Central Wisconsin, and the Aging and Disability Resource Center is one of them.

ADRC Regional Supervisor Doug Below came to Sunrise 7 for an interview.

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State Senate Approves SAFE Act, Other Bills to Protect Victims

State Senate Approves SAFE Act, Other Bills to Protect Victims

3/18/2014

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin celebrated today as the State Senate passed a slew of bills to better protect victims of abuse.

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Lammer’s Customers Work Toward $1,000 in Donations to Help Homeless

Lammer’s Customers Work Toward $1,000 in Donations to Help Homeless

3/31/2014

Lammer’s Food Fest has been partnering with West CAP to help Dunn County families experiencing homelessness receive personal and household supplies.

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April Sexual Assault Awareness & Child Abuse Prevention Month

April Sexual Assault Awareness & Child Abuse Prevention Month

4/1/2014

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month.  There are many events during the month of April to help support these causes!

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Events Raise Awareness of Sexual Assault

Events Raise Awareness of Sexual Assault

4/1/2014

The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault states that one in three women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes.

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Shelters Send Hygiene Products Across Central Wisconsin

Shelters Send Hygiene Products Across Central Wisconsin

4/3/2014

Shelters across central Wisconsin are trying to help the homeless. Throughout the day Thursday, volunteers in Wausau were busy sorting hygiene items for the Help for the Homeless program.

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Protecting Taxpayers from Abuse

Protecting Taxpayers from Abuse

4/14/2014

Tax season is an annual American ritual. For many Americans, it brings the biggest influx of money all year, giving a much-needed boost to millions of families. Yet for Americans of all backgrounds, tax filing can be a stressful and confusing experience.

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Volunteers Share Why They Work with ADRC

Volunteers Share Why They Work with ADRC

4/18/2014

Every day, volunteers are making such a real difference in the community. The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin could not meet their mission without the work of volunteers.

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Victims of Sexual Violence Speak Out

Victims of Sexual Violence Speak Out

4/29/2014

Northwestern Wisconsin residents gathered to speak out against sexual violence in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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Laws Boosting Domestic Violence Protections Pass

Laws Boosting Domestic Violence Protections Pass

4/30/2014

“Research shows that the presence of a gun in a DV situation makes it five times more likely the victim will be killed and before the passage of the act, the majority of counties in WI (80-percent) had no active enforcement procedure to verify whether abusers had surrendered their firearms when ordered to do so,” stated Becky Steinbach, Children and Youth Advocate for Time-Out Family Abuse Shelter.

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Poverty Among Schoolchildren Hits Northwoods Hard

Poverty Among Schoolchildren Hits Northwoods Hard

6/2/2014

More Wisconsin students than ever need help to get food at school.  Poverty hits Northwoods students even harder than in other parts of the state.

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Hidden Homelessness

Hidden Homelessness

6/17/2014

A renovation project in Western Wisconsin caught our eye, not because it's big and bold or sleek and sophisticated.  It's because the project is designed to help what's being called a hidden population. 

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SECTION 8 PROGRAM ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS

7/8/2014

Effective July 14, 2014, at 8:00 AM through July 18, 2014, at 4:00 PM, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program will be accepting applications for Marathon County and the City of Wittenberg in Shawano County.

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A New Kind of Low...

A New Kind of Low...

7/8/2014

Not content to advertise their services in shop windows or local papers, notarios now are visiting federal detention facilities, promising the world to people who’ve been detained on immigration-related charges.  If the detainees are lucky, it could help – but, usually, they get nothing in return.  Or worse, they get bad advice that leaves them worse off than when they started.

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Consumer Watchdogs Warn About Tax Identity Theft Scheme

Consumer Watchdogs Warn About Tax Identity Theft Scheme

7/10/2014

Taxpayers in Wisconsin who didn't work out of state but received a letter from departments of revenue in other states saying their tax return is under review may be victims of identity theft, Wisconsin officials warn.

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Central Wisconsin Officials Want To Help Make Repairs

Central Wisconsin Officials Want To Help Make Repairs

7/11/2014

A new program this year in nine central Wisconsin counties is offering no-interest loans for fixing up homes, but it needs more applicants.

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When Poverty Makes You Sick, a Lawyer Can Be the Cure

When Poverty Makes You Sick, a Lawyer Can Be the Cure

7/17/2014

Being poor can make you sick. Where you work, the air you breathe, the state of your housing, what you eat, your levels of stress and your vulnerability to crime, injury and discrimination all affect your health.  Medical-legal partnerships are growing in part because of increasing attention to social determinants of health.

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Disability Awareness:  Facts about Social Security

Disability Awareness: Facts about Social Security

7/19/2014
 
The Social Security Administration recently launched "The Faces and Facts of Disability," an education and awareness initiative to help educate the public about Social Security disability insurance and dispel common misconceptions.
 
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Wisconsin Domestic Abuse Shelters Emerge from Shadows

Wisconsin Domestic Abuse Shelters Emerge from Shadows

7/19/2014
 
Domestic abuse shelters, often tucked away in the protective privacy of an obscure neighborhood, have begun moving out of the shadows with more public profiles aimed at generating more community support and better access for victims.
 
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LSC: 40 Years of Championing Equal Access to Justice

LSC: 40 Years of Championing Equal Access to Justice

7/24/2014

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the single largest funder of civil legal aid in the country, marks its 40th anniversary on July 25.

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August Brings Consumer-Friendly Changes to Wisconsin’s Do Not Call Program

August Brings Consumer-Friendly Changes to Wisconsin’s Do Not Call Program

7/25/2014

Beginning August 1, Wisconsin consumers will no longer be required to register their numbers every two years to receive protection under state law from unwanted telemarketing calls and text messages, and new registrations will be active the following day rather than the next quarter.

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Marathon County Homeless Count Finds 100+ Without Homes

Marathon County Homeless Count Finds 100+ Without Homes

7/31/2014

Many of us think it is the big cities like Milwaukee and Chicago that have a homeless population, but there is actually one here in NorthCentral Wisconsin.

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Volunteers Participate in Point in Time Count

Volunteers Participate in Point in Time Count

8/1/2014

Rain started to fall as I left to participate in the Point In Time homeless count in Wisconsin Rapids. The first thought that crossed my mind was, “I wonder if they’ll cancel?”

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New Generation of Veterans Challenge for Shelter

New Generation of Veterans Challenge for Shelter

8/5/2014

While recent history has seen the majority of struggling veterans coming from the Vietnam-era, veterans in trouble keep getting younger.

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Search Didn't Turn Up Any Homeless, But It Doesn't Mean They Aren't Here

Search Didn't Turn Up Any Homeless, But It Doesn't Mean They Aren't Here

8/8/2014

While last week’s effort to count the homeless in Hudson did not lead to any contacts, that doesn’t mean there aren’t those without shelter in the community.

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Legal Aid Groups to Get $30 Million from Bank Settlement

Legal Aid Groups to Get $30 Million from Bank Settlement

8/27/2014
 
The $17 billion settlement that Bank of America reached with the Justice Department last week will result in at least $30 million for a program that raises funds for the nation’s providers of civil legal services to the poor.
 
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Evictions Soar in Hot Market; Renters Suffer

Evictions Soar in Hot Market; Renters Suffer

8/28/2014
 
For tens of thousands of renters, life has become increasingly unstable in recent years, even as the economy has slowly improved.  Middle-class wages have stagnated and rents have risen sharply in many places... The result is a surge in eviction cases that has abruptly disrupted lives, leaving families to search for not just new housing that fits their budgets but new schools, new bus routes and sometimes new jobs.
 
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Hope Remains for State to Restore Legal Services Money

Hope Remains for State to Restore Legal Services Money

9/2/2014
 
Leaders in Wisconsin’s legal services community say they still do not know whether any money will be restored into the state’s budget to pay for those who need representation for civil cases.  But it remains a top priority.
 
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Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car

Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car

9/24/2014
 
A new technology is bringing auto loans — and Wall Street’s version of Big Brother — into the lives of people with credit scores battered by the financial downturn.
 
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WE'VE MOVED!

WE'VE MOVED!

10/24/2014
 
Wisconsin Judicare has Moved!

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Wisconsin Judicare's Fall 2014 CLE Seminar

Wisconsin Judicare's Fall 2014 CLE Seminar

10/1/2014
 
Join us on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, for Judicare's Fall 2014 CLE Seminar, which will be held at Westwood Conference Center in Wausau, WI!
 
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Experts: NFL Abuse Cases Like Thousands in Wisconsin

Experts: NFL Abuse Cases Like Thousands in Wisconsin

9/18/2014
 
Domestic violence among NFL players has become a topic of conversation nationwide...but domestic violence experts say such abuse happens throughout every community, all the time, without getting nearly as much attention.
 
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Justice Gap:  Three-Fourths of Low-Income Civil Litigants Unrepresented

Justice Gap: Three-Fourths of Low-Income Civil Litigants Unrepresented

9/30/2014
 
For every 6,415 people in the United States who qualify for legal aid, there is one legal aid attorney. That means that about about three-quarters of low-income civil litigants in the United States are unrepresented, creating what some call a "justice gap."
 
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Summit Focuses on Ways to Better Serve Poor

Summit Focuses on Ways to Better Serve Poor

10/1/2014
 
Lonnie Selje, director of Helping Hands Gospel Mission in Wisconsin Rapids, was among the representatives of regional faith and community-response organizations who attended Wednesday's Central Wisconsin Poverty Summit, held at Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church in Stevens Point.
 
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Medicaid Can Be A Rural Health Lifeline

Medicaid Can Be A Rural Health Lifeline

10/6/2014
 
Rural health providers may feel burdened by a confluence of policy and financing trends.  But one opportunity, depending on the state, can help with sustainability.
 
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Energy Assistance - Oct. & Nov. 2014

Energy Assistance - Oct. & Nov. 2014

10/1/2014
 
Consider giving the gift of warmth this holiday season to an area family in need. Energy Gift Certificates from Wisconsin Public Service are unique, practical, and welcomed by people of all ages.
 
Click here for more information.
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Woman's Life Shattered by Domestic Violence

Woman's Life Shattered by Domestic Violence

10/27/2014
 
A recent national study by Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, a leader in research and advocacy in the field of domestic violence, showed that only 4 percent of domestic violence homicide victims had ever used domestic violence victim services. Campbell also found that when victims go to a shelter, their risk of homicide decreases by 60 percent, Sippel said.
 
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New Center Ready to Serve Green Bay Homeless

New Center Ready to Serve Green Bay Homeless

10/27/2014
 
Homeless people in downtown Green Bay soon will have a new place to spend their days working toward a brighter future.
 
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Danny Gokey to Help Bring 'Hope' to National Hunger by Hosting Events During Homelessness Awareness Week

Danny Gokey to Help Bring 'Hope' to National Hunger by Hosting Events During Homelessness Awareness Week

10/27/2014
 
Known as a national leader and advocate to eradicate homelessness and hunger across the country, Danny Gokey is gearing up for the season of giving and National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week November 15 to 23 by participating in events around the country to support those in the local community who are faced with these challenges.
 
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That’s a Fine Idea! Wisconsin Legal Innovators 2014

That’s a Fine Idea! Wisconsin Legal Innovators 2014

11/5/2014
 
Who are Wisconsin’s innovators? Meet these movers and shakers – and learn what drove them to put new ideas to work to solve problems and improve the delivery of legal services to their clients and communities.
 
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Giving Tuesday Initiative

Giving Tuesday Initiative

11/6/2014
 
On December 2, 2014, United Way will be joining the #GivingTuesday initiative to encourage people to give and to volunteer in their local communities. This national movement is dedicated to asking people to give back in the same way that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with holiday shopping.

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Energy Assistance - Dec. 2014

Energy Assistance - Dec. 2014

12/1/2014
 
If you’re concerned about keeping up with energy bills, a call to Wisconsin Public Service can be the answer.  Working with WPS upfront can prevent you from falling behind.

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Homelessness Simulation Shows Students the Realities of Being Homeless

Homelessness Simulation Shows Students the Realities of Being Homeless

12/1/2014
 
Students from the University of Wisconsin School of Business held a homelessness simulation Monday, providing students a firsthand look at what it means to be homeless in Madison.
 
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Pro Bono Spotlight:  Kimberly Lawton Helping on the Shores of Lake Superior

Pro Bono Spotlight: Kimberly Lawton Helping on the Shores of Lake Superior

12/3/2014
 
Nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, Ashland is home to some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful scenery, as well as a community that is now benefitting from the work of one dedicated attorney: Kimberly Lawton.
 
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Homeless No Longer Alone

Homeless No Longer Alone

12/4/2014
 
One question has lingered since the Feb. 14 demise of Starting Points, an agency to help the poor.  Where do the homeless in Chippewa County go to start to get help?
 
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Elders Can Feel Sad at Holiday Time

Elders Can Feel Sad at Holiday Time

12/7/2014
 
Holiday depression is common and it is usually related to the holiday season because it brings back memories of a happier time in our lives.
 
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IRS Cutting Taxpayer Services Just as Health Law Makes Filing Federal Returns More Complicated

IRS Cutting Taxpayer Services Just as Health Law Makes Filing Federal Returns More Complicated

1/14/2015
 
The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama's health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families.
 
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Group to Conquer Frozen Otter Ultra Trek to Raise Money for Homeless Veterans

Group to Conquer Frozen Otter Ultra Trek to Raise Money for Homeless Veterans

1/14/2015
 
It's considered one of the toughest races in the Midwest, and it's taking place right here in Wisconsin on Saturday.
 
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8th Annual Wausau Financial Wellness Conference

8th Annual Wausau Financial Wellness Conference

1/21/2015
 
The 8th Annual Wausau Financial Wellness Conference is being held at John Muir Middle School in Wausau on Saturday, February 7, 2015.
 
Click here for the brochure. 
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Northwoods Homelessness Count Approaching

Northwoods Homelessness Count Approaching

1/16/2015
 
Groups will head into the northern Wisconsin cold in search of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the early morning hours of Jan. 29.
 
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ADRC:  Help With Financial Wellness

ADRC: Help With Financial Wellness

1/18/2015
 
In life, there are periods where budgets need to be adjusted. One may have a greater earning potential and can afford more things or experience a financial setback where expenses need to be cut back.  There's help out there. 
 
 
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Special Request:  LIFE Survey

Special Request: LIFE Survey

2/9/2015
 
If you receive a copy of the LIFE Survey in the mail, please take a few minutes to complete and return it.
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Nonprofit Keeps Homeless Warm During Winter Weather Days

Nonprofit Keeps Homeless Warm During Winter Weather Days

2/17/2015
 
With the cold making its way to the Chippewa Valley, a Wisconsin Emergency Management Team is reminding the public to take precautions against the winter weather, but for the homeless escaping the chill can be a challenge.
 
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Hygiene Drive Benefits Local Crisis Agencies

Hygiene Drive Benefits Local Crisis Agencies

2/17/2015
 
The Family’s annual ‘Help for the Homeless’ hygiene drive, running Sunday through March 15, is collecting new toiletry and cleaning products for 21 central Wisconsin crisis agencies.
 
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Judicare's Spring 2015 CLE Seminar

Judicare's Spring 2015 CLE Seminar

4/1/2015
 
Join us on Thursday, April 23, 2015, for Judicare's Spring 2015 CLE Seminar, which will be held at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Chippewa Falls, WI!
 
Click here for details.
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New Report: Identifying Anti-Poverty Programs that are Effective

New Report: Identifying Anti-Poverty Programs that are Effective

2/25/2015
 
A report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that using a new system of measuring poverty called the Supplemental Poverty Measure would enable policymakers to arrive at better decisions about which programs really work to help reduce poverty.
 
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Alice's House:  It's Still Hers

Alice's House: It's Still Hers

3/4/2015
 
The 84-year-old retired lab technician and musician could have lost the waterfront home she inherited from her mother in 1994 if she hadn't gone to the Port Townsend Food Bank the last Saturday in January, and if an attorney with the Northwest Justice Project hadn't taken the time to visit McAdoo to hear her story.
 
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Fake IRS Agents Target More Than 366,000 in Huge Tax Scam

Fake IRS Agents Target More Than 366,000 in Huge Tax Scam

3/12/2015
 
Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail in the largest scam of its kind in the history of the agency, a federal investigator said Thursday.
 
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New App That Simplifies Food Assistance, Healthcare Benefits To Help Millions Of Families In Need

New App That Simplifies Food Assistance, Healthcare Benefits To Help Millions Of Families In Need

2/22/2015
 
A new app in development could make accessing social services a much easier task for many Americans.
 
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Good News for Civil Legal Services

Good News for Civil Legal Services

5/15/2015
 
State Bar President applauds Joint Finance for backing Civil Legal Services Grant.
 
 
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Joint Finance Committee Approves  Investments in Safety of Domestic Violence Victims

Joint Finance Committee Approves Investments in Safety of Domestic Violence Victims

5/15/2015
 
Domestic violence survivors and their advocates applaud the Joint Finance Committee for
approving investments in the safety and well-being of domestic violence victims and their children.
 
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Changes to Landlord's Right - Post-Eviction

Changes to Landlord's Right - Post-Eviction

5/12/2015
 
Numerous changes to Wisconsin's landlord/tenant laws were enacted in 2013 and became effective March 1, 2015.  One major change affects a landlord's obligation to store an evicted tenant's personal property.
 
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Journal Times Editorial:  Protecting Pets Will Protect Domestic Violence Victims

Journal Times Editorial: Protecting Pets Will Protect Domestic Violence Victims

5/14/2015
 
A recently proposed bill would help protect pets and give victims of domestic violence extra peace of mind.
 
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Answering a Wave of Domestic Violence in Wisconsin

Answering a Wave of Domestic Violence in Wisconsin

5/16/2015
 
Victims of domestic violence and their advocates celebrated a big victory this week.
 
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Criminals Access 100,000 IRS Tax Returns

Criminals Access 100,000 IRS Tax Returns

5/27/2015
 
A security breach has allowed criminals to access the tax returns of more than 100,000 people in the United States.
 
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New Warming Center Coming to Stevens Point

New Warming Center Coming to Stevens Point

6/19/2015
 
A new warming center is expected to open as long as the organizations involved receive more donations and volunteers. Franciscans Downtown's basement on Main Street is planned to be the temporary location for the new warming center.
 
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Career Closet Open House

Career Closet Open House

6/23/2015
 
Do you have the right outfit to ensure success at your next job interview?
 
Click here for more information.
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Wausau Library to Offer Free Program for Renters

Wausau Library to Offer Free Program for Renters

7/8/2015
 
The Marathon County Library Wausau branch will host a program on Thursday, July 23, for renters.  Topics to be covered include security deposits, leases, and eviction notices.
 
Click here for more information.
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Wisconsin Judicare, Inc., Announces Hiring of New Executive Director

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc., Announces Hiring of New Executive Director

7/13/2015

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc., is pleased to announce the hiring of Attorney Kimberly Haas as its new Executive Director. 

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Poverty Affects Kids’ Brain Development & Performance, Study Finds

Poverty Affects Kids’ Brain Development & Performance, Study Finds

7/21/2015
 
Children growing up in poor households are likely to lag in their brain development and thereby perform poorly in schools, even if they move in better neighborhoods, a new longitudinal study on child development has revealed.
 
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Tax Filing Problems Could Jeopardize Health Law Aid for 1.8M

Tax Filing Problems Could Jeopardize Health Law Aid for 1.8M

8/4/2015
 
About 1.8 million households that got financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law now have issues with their tax returns that could jeopardize their subsidies next year.
 
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Access to Legal Services:  Salvation Through Innovation

Access to Legal Services: Salvation Through Innovation

8/21/2015
 
Clearly, there is a real need for attorneys who are able to provide necessary legal services at lower costs than are currently available in the marketplace. But in order to provide cheaper legal services, attorneys will need to be able to meaningfully reduce their own costs of doing business.
 
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Wausau Residents Gain Insight into Issues Facing Homeless Community

Wausau Residents Gain Insight into Issues Facing Homeless Community

8/20/2015
 
Volunteers from the United Way alongside Central Wisconsin business leaders came together Tuesday to get an up close and personal look at the way homelessness impacts the Wausau area, as well as what resources are available to help those dealing with the issue.
 
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Cutting at the Roots of Poverty

Cutting at the Roots of Poverty

8/23/2015
 
Science has proven that the accumulated effects of difficult childhood experiences can alter the trajectory of a child's life in very negative ways.
 
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Upcoming United Way Events

Upcoming United Way Events

8/26/2015
 
Click here to find out about upcoming United Way events!
 
 
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Marathon County Domestic Abuse Intervention Team Offers FREE Half-Day Conference

Marathon County Domestic Abuse Intervention Team Offers FREE Half-Day Conference

8/26/2015
 
People with mental illness and addiction whose trauma goes unaddressed have greater mental health problems and increased risk of heart disease, suicide, and substance abuse.  This conference is a collaborative effort to expand knowledge of agencies and resources and to enhance communication and collaboration with a goal of improving outcomes for victims of domestic abuse.
 
Click here for the Registration Form.
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Save Energy Save $$ Workshop

Save Energy Save $$ Workshop

8/27/2015
 
Catholic Charities has invited Kelly Zagrzebski from Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPS) to do a workshop on Energy Conservation, Wednesday, September 16th, 3:00 PM at Catholic Charities in Wausau.  Come and see how you can save on your energy bill.
 
Click here for details.
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Family Services Gets $5K Grant for Homeless Teens

Family Services Gets $5K Grant for Homeless Teens

10/2/2015
 
Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin got a boost to help homeless youth in the area.
 
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Event Brings Domestic Violence to Light

Event Brings Domestic Violence to Light

10/2/2015
 
Those who suffer from domestic abuse "could be your family member, the person in front of you in line at the grocery store, anyone," said Nicole Johnson, executive director of the Solutions Center. Johnson said that the Solutions Center, Fond du Lac's only domestic abuse shelter, is constantly full.
 
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For Me, Defending Abuse Victims is Personal

For Me, Defending Abuse Victims is Personal

10/2/2015
 
We may claim as a culture to hate domestic violence, but it is still very much alive.
 
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Funding Helps Native American Abuse Victims

Funding Helps Native American Abuse Victims

10/5/2015
 
The Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women awarded Wisconsin Judicare Inc. a $319,118 grant to fund its Native American Victims Holistic Legal Services Project for three years, from October 2013 through September 2016.
 
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Native Lives Matter Too

Native Lives Matter Too

10/13/2015
 
American Indians are more likely than any other racial group to be killed by the police, according to the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, which studied police killings from 1999 to 2011.
 
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Business Briefs:  CAP Services, PCBC, CWA

Business Briefs: CAP Services, PCBC, CWA

10/16/2015
 
Greg Fox, Mary Jo Monday, and Central Wisconsin Airport have some announcements.
 
Click here.
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Combating Homelessness in Central Wisconsin

Combating Homelessness in Central Wisconsin

11/9/2015
 
As many of us begin to focus on the holiday season and possibly making donations to local food pantries, and homeless shelters, it's important to take a look at exactly where those donations go. 
 
 
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Eau Claire County Veterans Office Gives Help to the Homeless

Eau Claire County Veterans Office Gives Help to the Homeless

11/11/2015
 
From housing help to mental health and healthcare needs, Eau Claire County can either provide these services, or provide the networking that is necessary to get veterans the help they deserve.
 
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Winter Moratorium Not a Free Pass

Winter Moratorium Not a Free Pass

11/12/2015
 
State law prohibits utilities from shutting off electricity between November 1 and April 15 to those who have not paid their bills. The moratorium does not keep landlords from evicting tenants due to late utilities payments during those months.
 
 
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Shawano To Open Its First Homeless Shelter

Shawano To Open Its First Homeless Shelter

11/12/2015
 
Emergency Shelter Will Host Up To 15 People Each Night
 
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Household Income Takes Sharp Downturn in Most of Wisconsin

Household Income Takes Sharp Downturn in Most of Wisconsin

12/2/2015
 
Median household income fell by a significant margin in two-thirds of Wisconsin counties from 2009 to 2014, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
 
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9th Annual Wausau Financial Wellness Conference

9th Annual Wausau Financial Wellness Conference

1/19/2016
 
The 9th Annual Wausau Financial Wellness Conference will be held on  Saturday, February 13, 2016, at the John Muir Middle School from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm.  You can learn about your credit report, budgeting, homeownership, landlord/tenant rights, job search strategies, and much more.

For more information please call Asset Builders 866-304-6896.
 
Click here to view flyer.
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Project Connect Housing Resource Fair & Breakfast Event

Project Connect Housing Resource Fair & Breakfast Event

1/22/2016
 
Do you know someone or do you work with an individual who is homeless or in need of housing assistance?

On January 28, the Housing and Homelessness Coalition will be holding the Project Connect Housing Resource Fair & Breakfast event at First United Methodist Church in Wausau from 7:00am-10:00am.
 
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United Way's LIFE REPORT Now Available

United Way's LIFE REPORT Now Available

1/29/2016
 
United Way's LIFE report provides a wide spectrum of information and data depicting the quality of life in Wausau and Marathon County.  Its purpose is to provide a reference for the community to evaluate strengths and weaknesses and identify priority issues.
 
 
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Ho-Chunk Homeless Vets Project Beats Federal Effort

Ho-Chunk Homeless Vets Project Beats Federal Effort

2/2/2016
 
The federal government recently announced grants of about $6 million for supportive housing for homeless Native veterans. However, it seems as if at least one American Indian nation has already made a project like this happen, and it already is housing Native vets.
 
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Mosinee Students Learn About Homelessness

Mosinee Students Learn About Homelessness

2/3/2016
 
Seventh-grade students at Mosinee Middle School got a first-hand experience with homelessness Friday as they worked to make a shelter from an assortment of cardboard boxes and wrapped themselves in blankets to panhandle.
 
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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month:  Attention Parents & Teens

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Attention Parents & Teens

2/8/2016
 
More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence.  Come to the Marathon County Public Library on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, to learn more about this.
 
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Legal Aid Society Kicks Off Second Century

Legal Aid Society Kicks Off Second Century

2/25/2016

Happy Birthday, LASM!  One of the nation's longest continuously operating civil law firms for the poor turned 100 Thursday.

View full story.

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UW Report Says Wisconsin Poverty Level at 30-Year High

UW Report Says Wisconsin Poverty Level at 30-Year High

2/25/2016
 
The state’s poverty level has worsened significantly in the last several years despite economic growth.
 
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Homeless Advocacy Organization to Expand Employment Program

Homeless Advocacy Organization to Expand Employment Program

2/29/2016
 
At a time when recent reports put Wisconsin’s poverty problem at its worst in 30 years, a homeless advocacy organization is offering what many need most – a paycheck.
 
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Bill Would Protect Pets of Domestic Abuse Victims

Bill Would Protect Pets of Domestic Abuse Victims

2/29/2016

Advocates for animals caught up in the cycle of domestic abuse are hopeful Gov. Scott Walker will sign Senate Bill 97, designed to apply restraining orders not only to victims, but their pets.

View full story.

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Community Learning Centers Help Shrink Wisconsin's Achievement Gap

Community Learning Centers Help Shrink Wisconsin's Achievement Gap

3/3/2016
 
Wisconsin has some of the largest achievement gaps in education, along racial and economic lines. But low-income housing centers in the state are trying to change that.
 
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Evictions Are Down by 18%; New York City Cites Increased Legal Services

Evictions Are Down by 18%; New York City Cites Increased Legal Services

2/29/2016
 
Evictions in New York City dropped last year to their lowest level in a decade.
 
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'Here And Now': Matthew Desmond Explores Milwaukee's Eviction Epidemic

'Here And Now': Matthew Desmond Explores Milwaukee's Eviction Epidemic

3/7/2016
 
Evictions not only put poor families out on the streets, but simultaneously set off a cascade of consequences for both the people and neighborhoods affected.
 
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Domestic Violence-Related Homicides Claim 37 Lives in 2014

Domestic Violence-Related Homicides Claim 37 Lives in 2014

3/7/2016
 
According to End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, there were 37 domestic violence-related homicides in Wisconsin in 2014.
 
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Poverty in Wisconsin on the Upswing

Poverty in Wisconsin on the Upswing

3/9/2016
 
Poverty in Wisconsin hit its highest level in 30 years during a five-year period ending in 2014.
 
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HUD Seeks to Snuff Out Smoking in Housing

HUD Seeks to Snuff Out Smoking in Housing

3/12/2016
 
Public housing across the United States may go smoke-free in two years if a rule proposed by U.S. Housing and Urban Development takes effect.
 
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Welcome To Rent Court, Where Tenants Can Face A Tenuous Fate

Welcome To Rent Court, Where Tenants Can Face A Tenuous Fate

3/28/2016
 
Today, more than 11 million families spend over half of their incomes on rent, and for the poor, it can be as much as 80 percent.  That means millions of Americans face the threat of eviction, or they live in substandard housing because it's all they can afford.
 
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States Look to Provide Lawyers for the Poor in Civil Cases

States Look to Provide Lawyers for the Poor in Civil Cases

3/30/2016
 
A flood of poor defendants representing themselves in dire cases has led to a push in legislatures to expand rights to free lawyers in certain civil proceedings.
 
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Ensuring Justice for All:  The White House Plan

Ensuring Justice for All: The White House Plan

5/12/2016
 
A White House announcement on September 24, 2015, may signal a change in the federal government's involvement in access to justice efforts, bringing together 21 federal agencies to work on expanding access to legal services for the most vulnerable and undeserved people in our communities.
 
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Five Arrested in IRS Impersonation Scam

Five Arrested in IRS Impersonation Scam

5/25/2016
 
Five suspects have been arrested for involvement in a growing IRS impersonation scam that has bilked an estimated $36.5 million from 6,400 victims nationwide, federal officials said Tuesday.
 
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Measuring Access to Justice

Measuring Access to Justice

6/16/2016
 
Justice depends on having a fair chance to be heard, regardless of who you are, where you live, or how much money you have.  At minimum, a person should be able to learn about her rights and then give effective voice to them in a neutral and nondiscriminatory, formal or informal, process that determines the facts, applies the rule of law, and enforces the result.  That is Access to Justice.
 
 
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Community Alert!

Community Alert!

6/17/2016

 

 

 

COMMUNITY ALERT

* 8 Heroin Overdoses, 1 Fatal *

since June 7th in Marathon County
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Evidence Grows of Poverty’s Toll on Young Brains

Evidence Grows of Poverty’s Toll on Young Brains

7/6/2016
 
Studies show that poverty can cause structural changes in areas of the brain associated with school readiness skills.  Researchers say early steps to improve children’s lives will help them succeed later in school and in life.
 
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Happy Amazon Prime Day!

Happy Amazon Prime Day!

7/12/2016
 
SMILE!  It's Amazon Prime Day!
 
Amazon Prime Day 2016 is billed as Amazon’s largest shopping event ever, and with Smile.Amazon.com, you can even help support Wisconsin  Judicare!  Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.
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Legislative Committee To Discuss Changes To Low-Income Legal Aid

Legislative Committee To Discuss Changes To Low-Income Legal Aid

7/8/2016
 
State Funding Levels For Civil Legal Aid are Among Nation's Lowest, but State lawmakers will convene a study committee this summer to discuss possible changes to the funding and delivery of civil legal services for low-income populations in Wisconsin.
 
Click here to view or listen to the full story.
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Help Support Wisconsin Judicare!

Help Support Wisconsin Judicare!

8/1/2016

You can support Wisconsin Judicare by shopping at Smile.Amazon.com

Click here for details.

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Revenue Officer Levies of Social Security Benefits Indicate Further Modification to Procedures Is Warranted

Revenue Officer Levies of Social Security Benefits Indicate Further Modification to Procedures Is Warranted

8/3/2016
 
While most IRS revenue officers follow the law when issuing levies on taxpayers, some took levy action on Social Security recipients that likely caused or exacerbated economic hardship, according to an audit report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
 
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Crews find 13 homeless in Wausau

Crews find 13 homeless in Wausau

7/28/2016
 
Local police and volunteers found 13 people living on the streets of Wausau during the Point-In-Time Count, which is done statewide twice a year.
 
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United Way:  42% Can't Afford Expenses

United Way: 42% Can't Afford Expenses

9/19/2016
 
A study released by the United Way of Wisconsin shows almost half of Wisconsin households are having a tough time affording basic necessities.
 
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Resources Available to Non-Violent Felons at Inaugural Clean Slate Summit

Resources Available to Non-Violent Felons at Inaugural Clean Slate Summit

9/19/2016
 
Clean Slate is holding Milwaukee’s first Community Re-Entry & Expungement Summit on Sept. 23 and 24 at the Abundant Faith Church of Integrity from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
 
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Wisconsin Income, Poverty Measures Move in Right Direction

Wisconsin Income, Poverty Measures Move in Right Direction

9/20/2016
 
The United States is only as strong as its middle class - a middle class that provided the foundation for building the nation into the world's preeminent economic power during the 20th century.
 
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Call For Help With Energy Bills

Call For Help With Energy Bills

10/24/2016
 
If you’re concerned about keeping up with energy bills, a call to Energy Services, Inc., could be the answer.
 
Click here for more information.
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Report Shows Wausau Families Struggle

Report Shows Wausau Families Struggle

11/10/2016
 
More than one-third of Marathon County's families live in poverty or are among the working poor.  In Wisconsin, 42 percent of households are not earning enough to get by, said United Way officials.
 
 
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Disability Rights Wisconsin - Informational and Listening Sessions

Disability Rights Wisconsin - Informational and Listening Sessions

11/28/2016

 

Disability Rights Wisconsin is holding informational and listening sessions on Friday, December 2, 2016.
 
See flyer for more information.

 

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Presidential Proclamation -- National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month - January 2017

Presidential Proclamation -- National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month - January 2017

12/28/2016
 
President Obama proclaims January 2017 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1st.
 
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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

1/4/2017
 
Please join us on January 11th for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day to learn about human trafficking in our community. 
 
 
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New Help for Those Threatened with Eviction

New Help for Those Threatened with Eviction

2/21/2017
 
Low-income tenants facing eviction have a new resource in the Milwaukee County Courthouse. The Eviction Defense Project, launched by Legal Action of Wisconsin, volunteer local attorneys and community partners, will provide free legal advice and representation on Monday and Thursday afternoons.
 
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February is African American History Month

February is African American History Month

Feb. 2017
 
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
 
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February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Feb. 2017
 
"1 in 5 teens in a dating relationship report being hit, slapped, or pushed by their partner."   Unfortunately, as teens form their first romantic relationships, they often are unclear about what constitutes a healthy relationship.
 
 
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Unclaimed Federal Income Tax Refunds Estimated at $1 Billion

Unclaimed Federal Income Tax Refunds Estimated at $1 Billion

3/7/2017
 
The IRS has announced that unclaimed federal income tax refunds totaling more than $1 billion may be waiting for an estimated 1 million taxpayers who did not file a 2013 federal income tax return.
 
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TAX TIPS

TAX TIPS

3/20/2017
 
Check out this audio of tax tips given by Judicare's Executive Director, Attorney Kimberly Haas, on WXCO's Morning Coffee Break on Monday, 3/13/17.
 
Click here for audio.
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