What We Do
County agencies that provide eligibilty services for programs such as FoodShare, BadgerCare, Medicaid and Wisconsin Shares Child Care are often called income maintenance or economic support agencies. All Wisconsin county or tribal agencies have divided to form 11 consortium in the state. Door County is part of the Bay Lake Consortium (along with Marinette, Oconto, Shawano and Brown Counties). Each consortium has its own call center to help with eligibility services (helping you apply or renew your benefits, provide information, and process changes). To apply for benefits, ask questions, or report changes, you can call the Bay Lake Consortium at 1-888-794-5747. You can also go to our office in person during regular office hours. The office location has a phone, fax and computer in the lobby for benefit purposes. The phone can be used to call the call center. The computer can be used to check your benefits, or apply through the ACCESS.WI.GOV website. In the lobby you can also access applications, pamphlets and front desk staff to help with basic questions.
Door County Economic Support also houses the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP). This program provides assistance for heat and electric costs and energy crisis assistance. The heat and electric benefit is a one-time seasonal benefit that pays a portion of your energy costs. Applications for the seasonal benefit are taken during the “heating season” between October 1st to May 15th. Crisis assistance is available year round and can assist if you have no heat, have received a disconnect notice, are out or nearly out of fuel and unable to purchase more, or in need of counceling on budgeting/money management to avoid heat/energy crisis. Contact the 746-7155 office number for more information.