The Economic Support Unit manages financial assistance programs to help residents sustain and/or improve their quality-of-life through helping meet basic living and healthcare needs. The programs that are managed by this unit include the following federally-funded programs:
Informational Resources for Wisconsin Shares and YoungStar:
Wisconsin Shares Brochures ( https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/wishares/parents ):
YoungStar Brochures ( https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar/parents/resources :
YoungStar Fact Sheets ( https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar/parents/resources :
Wisconsin Home Energy (WHEAP)
To apply for all forms of BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, Child Care and FoodShare you can do the following:
To apply by phone , call the Southern Consortium Call Center* at 1 (888) 794-5780 between 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday. Call Thursdays between 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
To apply in person , visit the Iowa County Dept. of Social Services.
To apply by mail , request/complete an application for each program you are applying for and send the completed application and any proof/verification to:
PO Box 5234
Janesville, WI 53547-5234
or Fax to: 1 (855) 293-1822
or Drop off in person at:
Iowa County Dept. of Social Services
303 W. Chapel Street, Suite 2300
Dodgeville, WI 53533
To Report Fraud, click here to file a complaint :
- Wisconsin Shares Child Care, W-2, Adoption Assistance, Kinship Care and Refugee Services or 1 (877) 302-3728
- Medicaid, BadgerCare Plus, WIC or FoodShare Program or 1 (877) 865-3432
*A consortium is made up of a group of county agencies that determine enrollment and ongoing case management. You can request services at any of the county agencies within your consortium. The following counties are part of the Southern Consortium:
Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, and Rock.
You can also call the Southern Consortium Call Center 1 (888) 794-5780 to: