Single Mothers with Children

COTS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which fulfills a need within the Continuum of Care of the Fox Cities by providing temporary transitional shelter for the homeless men, women and single mother families in Outagamie, Winnebago and Calumet counties. Our goal is to respectfully provide homeless individuals a safe and affordable place to live, food, household needs and training on basic living skills enabling them to transition to self-sufficiency and independent living.

Each resident of COTS participates in our Living Skills Program which includes instruction on basic living skills including personal care, AODA recovery and relapse prevention, money management, obtaining/maintaining employment, personal responsibility and decision making. Finance classes follow the Dave Ramsey “Financial Peace University” program which offers an easy-to-follow lesson plan that has helped countless individuals to resolve budgeting issues. Residents set individualized goals and progress is reviewed monthly with staff for the duration of residency. The single mothers reside in a duplex with two separate living quarters. The building is secured giving a reassuring element of safety to families. We work closely with the Boys and Girls Club located near this facility.

Program fees are $260 + $25 for each child per/month and a $100.00 security deposit required upon entry. To be considered for the program, please complete the application process below.

The Application Process:

  1. Complete the application and return it to either location.
  2. If you meet the minimum requirements (as indicated on the application), a staff member will contact you to schedule an interview to determine if COTS is an appropriate program for you. In addition to gathering personal information, we will conduct reference and criminal background checks.
  3. Intakes are done on a continuous basis regardless of availability. Accepted applicants are then placed on a waiting list. Program fees of $260 and a $100 security deposit are required upon admission. Applicants who are on our wait list are encouraged to contact COTS weekly to remain actively involved in the process.

Click here to download a Housing Application.

All Intake Inquiries
Phone: 920-268-8545
Fax: 920-734-4732

Womens Program
1003 W College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54914
Phone: 920-831-6591 Fax: 920-831-6593

This Agency receives funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and/or the State of Wisconsin Department of Commerce to provide services for homeless and near homeless individuals and their families.  A requirement of this funding is that this agency participates in the Wisconsin Homeless Management Information System.  The collection and use of all personal information is guided by strict standards of confidentiality.  A copy of our Privacy Notice describing our privacy practice is available to all consumers upon request.  Your information will be shared with other area agencies that participate in the network unless you request that your information remain confidential and be only available to case workers and intake workers within this agency. Please talk to a case manager or intake worker about keeping your records closed if you are interested.