Green Bay Catholic Charities assists families facing eviction

Emergency funds available for residents in Langlade, Oconto, Manitowoc and Marinette counties

GREEN BAY — Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay has been awarded $10,000 to assist local residents facing eviction from their homes or who need emergency rental assistance.

The grant was made possible through Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and the Felician Sisters of North America. The two Catholic organizations established the $2 million “CCUSA Francis Fund for Eviction Prevention” in December 2020 to make available emergency funds.

Each organization contributed $1 million to seed the emergency fund, according to CCUSA. “Catholic Charities’ agencies across the United States will assist in the distribution of the funds to those who are in extreme danger of losing their homes,” CCUSA announced.

“As the pandemic continues and the weather becomes more bitter, many people are living on the brink of homelessness, and they are terrified,” said Dominican Sr. Donna Markham, president and chief executive officer of CCUSA. “The Felician Sisters, founded in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and clearly walking in the footsteps of the saint, joined Catholic Charities to initiate this emergency fund at a moment when people are increasingly desperate.”

Karmen Lemke, director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay, said the emergency funds will target residents in four counties.

“We know the needs are great, but, according to a recent study, the counties in Wisconsin reporting the highest rates of foreclosures are Langlade, Oconto, Manitowoc and Marinette,” she said. “Due to the significant need in those counties, that is where the grant is being applied.”

All four counties are part of the 16-county Diocese of Green Bay.

Residents in those counties are urged to contact Catholic Charities to learn more by calling (920) 272-8234 or toll-free at (877) 500-3580, ext. 8234. You can also email [email protected]

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Francis Fund may do so through the following link: www.ccusa.online/francisfund.