Living Independently Through Financial Empowerment (LIFE) Cash Assistance

LIFE Cash Assistance


Living Independently through Financial Empowerment (LIFE) cash assistance provides domestic violence survivors with pandemic relief funds to become financially empowered to live independent, violence-free lives.

Eligible survivors will receive temporary financial assistance totaling $3,500 over a three-month period ($1,500 in month one and $1,000 in months two and three).

To be eligible for direct financial assistance, applicants must:

  1. Be experiencing domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence, or be fleeing a domestic violence situation;
  2. Be a parent of a child under 18 or be pregnant;
  3. Be 18 years of age or older;
  4. Be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen;
  5. Be a resident of Wisconsin (unless the applicant is a migrant worker); and
  6. Currently receiving another public benefit, received a public benefit at some point in the prior 12 calendar months, or has income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Applicants can apply via phone or in person at a Wisconsin Works (W-2) agency. For the applicant's safety, all applicant and case information will be kept strictly confidential. 


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