Wednesday, November 16, 2022



A Total of $3 Million Is Available for This Grant Opportunity  


APPLETON, Wis., Nov. 15, 2022 – The City of Appleton is now accepting applications from developers for its Affordable Housing ARPA Grant. This one-time funding of $3 million is to boost the supply of affordable housing through approved projects. 


Eligible projects should develop, repair and operate affordable housing and services or programs to increase long-term housing security to households and communities negatively economically impacted by the COVID pandemic.   


All interested parties are required to complete the formal online application for funding at Online Application. The City will hold three (3) Application Informational Sessions to provide a detailed overview of the grant application process. All sessions will be recorded; recording links/presentation materials will be posted to this site. Attendance is strongly recommended.  Register to attend on one of the following dates: 


REGISTER: Thursday, November 17th at 2:00 PM (CST) 

City of Appleton Affordable Housing ARPA Grant Application Informational Webinar 11-17-2022 

Affordable Housing ARPA Grant Application Information Session - November 17, 2022 

REGISTER: Wednesday, November 30th at 10:30 AM (CST) 

City of Appleton Affordable Housing ARPA Grant Application Informational Webinar 11-30-2022 

Affordable Housing ARPA Grant Application Informational Session - November 30, 2022 

REGISTER: Tuesday, December 6th at 11:00 AM (CST) 

City of Appleton Affordable Housing ARPA Grant Application Informational Webinar 12-6-2022 

Affordable Housing ARPA Grant Application Information Session - December 6, 2022 


Completed online applications (including all required attachments) are due to the City of Appleton by 4:00 pm on December 15, 2022. City of Appleton Affordable Housing ARPA Grant Applications must be submitted online, at Online Application. The City is unable to accept paper applications, including those by mail, fax, or email submission. For questions and technical assistance with your online application, please email Please note, technical assistance and submission of questions will be available through 3:00 pm on December 15, 2022. 

Friday, October 7, 2022

Rent Smart PLUS!

(Attention Young Adults Ages 18-25)

Over the past few months, the Youth Needs Subcommittee of the Fox Cities Housing Coalition has been working hard to identify barriers that young adults face when renting in our communities. With the goal of helping to alleviate some of those barriers and the stigma that surrounds renting to youth, the subcommittee has created a program in partnership with LEAVEN and UW-Madison Extension Outagamie County called Rent Smart PLUS!.

This extension of the Rent Smart program is essentially an “insurance policy” for landlords. For eligible participants (must be a single household OR a head of household in a family where the head of household is aged 18 through 25), Rent Smart PLUS! and LEAVEN will provide “rental insurance” to landlords who agree to rent to young adults who have successfully completed the Rent Smart PLUS!. If at any point during the lease the young adult is unable to pay their rent, Rent Smart PLUS! and LEAVEN will pay the rent until a certain dollar amount limit has been reached. Rent Smart PLUS! can also assist with initial security deposits as well.

Individuals who go through the program do have participation expectations, such as participating in 2 financial coaching sessions (provided through the program’s financial coaching partners, Goodwill and Catholic Charities) and maintaining positive tenancy throughout the duration of their lease.

More information regarding eligibility and participation expectations can be found in this flyer.

Please feel free to distribute the flyer to your staff and clients! 
For eligibility and referral questions, you can contact MaryBeth Wohlrabe at:

Young adults who are interested can register by clicking here, or by scanning the QR code on the attached flyer, or contacting MaryBeth.

Friday, June 24, 2022

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension's Encouraging Financial Conversations series is a program designed for case managers, social workers, and other frontline staff to help empower clients to manage their money. This FREE series is being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in August from 9:00-10:00 AM (August 2–18) via Zoom. Register here.

Positive conversations around money are grounded in respect, confidentiality, and creating a judgment-free zone. Helping professionals are frequently in a position to provide resources to individuals who may not seek out financial education. This series will help you feel more comfortable discussing finances with your clients. For more information, please visit

Also, on August 11th, we will be offering an Encouraging Financial Conversations Booster Session on the topic of Financial Problem Solving. This FREE session will be held via Zoom from 10:30 AM - Noon. Completion of the series is not required to attend this single class. Register here.

Please reach out if you have any questions. I would be happy to tell you more about this series or answer any questions you may have.

Todd Wenzel
Extension Winnebago County

Thursday, May 26, 2022

FCHC Youth Advisory Board's First Meeting Scheduled


The Fox Cities Housing Coalition Youth Advisory Board will meet June 9th from 4-5 pm at ACOCA Coffee and Cafe (500 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911).

Please share with young adults (approximately 14-24 years old) and invite them to come check out the opportunities, provide their input and explore the possibility of getting involved.

Questions? Contact Patti at or 920-680-5911

Monday, May 9, 2022


Pillars is hosting an open house on Thursday, May 19 to celebrate the newest home in the Stable Housing program.

The open house includes a self-guided tour of the Appleton home along with more information about affordable housing. No registration is required, and two sessions are being offered: 10am - 1pm and 4pm - 7pm.

If you attend, please refer to the graphic and map below for details. We hope to see you there!




Wednesday, March 23, 2022


Registration link: 

Wednesday, January 19, 2022


Hello Everyone!

Our February's Conversations Over Coffee will focus on Point-in-Time (PIT) Count. PIT is an annual effort led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to estimate the number of Americans without safe, stable housing.

You’re welcome to join us for all or part of Conversations Over Coffee, February 3, 7:30-8:30 AM. Simply register online now – it only takes a few seconds. When you REGISTER, you’ll receive an email with Zoom access info.

We are glad you are part of the Pillars team! Hope to see you there!


Ayanda Crispin

Event Coordinator



605 E. Hancock Street, Appleton, WI 54911

Main: 920.734.9192 ext 126    Cell: 920.422.6497     Fax: 920.731.7087

Register today for Conversations over Coffee to learn more about  Point-in-Time (PIT)  happening Thursday, February 3 at 7:30 a.m.