In efforts to keep our communities safe, I strongly encourage everyone to adhere to Governor Evers' "Safer-at-Home" order and Mayor Barrett's "Stay-at-Home" order, practice social distancing, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, wash your hands frequently and stay informed on the most updated guidance from public health officials. Together, through all of our efforts, we will get through this.
Find resources to help you and your family during the coronavirus pandemic.
General COVID-19 Information
Vaccine Information for Milwaukee Residents
COVID-19 Cases in Milwaukee County, Testing Locations, and General Information
Coronavirus Cases in Wisconsin
Preventing the Spread of the Coronavirus
Stay Safe MKE
Helping Meet Your Immediate Needs
Gaining Access to Food
For Students and Children: If your Milwaukee Public School students needs a meal during school closures, there are distribution areas where students can pick up meals. Additionally, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) will provide a dinner meal along with breakfast and lunch and produce bags every Thursday to MPS students or anyone 18 years old or younger. Find locations here.
Find answers here to questions on how the pandemic will impact USDA Child Nutrition programs.
For Adults and Children: The Hunger Task Force has compiled a map of sites that provide food to adults and children throughout Milwaukee. Find locations here.
Additionally, some students currently enrolled in Institutions of Higher Learning are now temporarily eligible to participate in Wisconsin FoodShare. Find more information here.
Information on President Biden's American Rescue Plan and Budget Reconciliation
Fact Sheet on Rescue Plan and Budget Reconciliation
Natural Resources Provisions Budget Reconciliation Information
Transportation and Infrastructure Provisions in Budget Reconciliation
Science, Space and Technology Provisions Budget Reconciliation
Biden Administration Executive Orders
Executive Order on Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery
Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis
Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States
Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety
Tax Filing Information
The IRS offers free local help and an online service for qualified taxpayers. Additionally, you can find tax filing assistance according to your zip code through the IRS.
Assistance During Unemployment
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has stated that if you lost your job because your company closed as a result of the pandemic, you are eligible to receive unemployment insurance if you meet certain criteria. And as of March 17th, Governor Evers issued an emergency order and waived the work search requirement for unemployment benefits.
You can apply for unemployment benefits here.
Servicios de Beneficios del Seguro de Desempleo de Wisconsin
The Department of Labor has provided information for employees and employers on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which expands paid sick leave and paid family leave:
Health Care Coverage
Starting February 15 and running through May 15, 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration is opening HealthCare.gov for all Americans to have the opportunity to sign up for health insurance.
Housing Inc, will provide assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure and mortgage delinquency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can apply for assistance and learn about eligibility criteria here.
CDC Order Halting Some Evictions
Tips for Milwaukee Tenants
Tips for Milwaukee Landlords
Rent for Success program
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
Social Development Commission
Milwaukee County's Department of Health and Human Services (Housing Division)
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Coronavirus Resources
MacConon Brown Homeless Sanctuary
The Public Service Commission has announced that utility companies can begin full service disconnections on July 25th and service disconnection notices can be sent starting July 15th. Customers can also request deferred payment plans and companies can offer budget plans to help customers manage their bills If you have questions about your utility service, click here.
New COVID-19 Energy Assistance Guidelines
Energy Assistance Program
Internet Service Assistance
If your student requires an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and you have questions about their education requirements during the pandemic, click here.
If you are struggling to pay your student loans during the pandemic, you could be placed in administrative forbearance, which would temporarily allow you stop making loan payments without facing penalties.
Educational Resources for Students
Library of Congress Resources
Ways to Watch PBS Programming
Camp PBS Programming Resources for Students
Camp PBS Programming (Pre K-Grade 2)
Summer of Learning Collection (Pre K-12)
PBS On-Air Programming for Children
Emergency Assistance for Small Businesses
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
If you are a small business owner and have questions about how to receive assistance during the pandemic, click here.
Wisconsin's Economic Development Corporation announced grants to small businesses that have been impacted by the public health crisis. Find more information here.
Find out here if your business is considered an essential or non-essential service under Governor Evers' Safer at Home order.
Additional Resources for Small Businesses
Apply for an Economic Injury Loan through the Small Business Administration here.
Governor Evers has issued an order that restricts capacity of childcare centers to no more than 50 children or 10 staff members.
Child care Map
Child Care for Essential Workers
Find resources here if you are a health care worker in need of child care
COVID-19 Information from Wisconsin's Department of Transportation
Information on the Milwaukee County Transit System's Reduced Services
The Hop Streetcar Schedule
To help ensure seniors can safely buy groceries, all Pick ‘n Save, and Metro Market stores will hold hours for only the elderly to shop. The hours will be from 6-8 am, seven days a week.
Milwaukee seniors (older than age 60) who meet certain income criteria can receive a free box of healthy food from the Hunger Task Force.
The Milwaukee County on Aging is providing curbside meals and food available for pick up.
Learn more about Hunger Task Force's Mobile Market here.
Wisconsin Bank Resources
Several banks are providing assistance for customers facing financial troubles, please check with your banking institution to know which resources are available to you and for the most updated information.
Bank of America
NEW Economic Impact Payment Information
Fact Sheet on Second Round of Economic Impact Payments
FAQ On Second Economic Impact Payment
Information the Recovery Rebate Credit
Economic Impact Payment Information
Federal benefit recipients with children have more time to get the $500 Economic Impact Payment
Deadline Extension for Tax Filing and Federal Income Payment
Economic Impact Payments: What you Need to Know
FAQs on Rebates (Direct Cash Payments)
FAQs on Unemployment Benefits and Direct Cash Payments
Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and SSI Recipients – Steps to Take and Schedule of Payments
Guidance on COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients
Nueva información sobre los Pagos de estímulo económico de COVID-19 para los beneficiarios de Seguro Social y Seguridad de Ingreso Suplementario (SSI, por sus siglas en inglés)
Milwaukee VA Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The Veterans Benefits Center is no longer allowing face-to-face appointments. Visit MyWisVets.com to determine if you are eligible for certain benefits.
The Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center will now only fill prescriptions for hospital discharges and emergency requests.
COVID-19 Updates from Wisconsin's Department of Veterans Affairs
Resources for Domestic Violence Victims
The Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee operates a 24-hour confidential hotline at (414) 933-2722 and offers assistance with e-filing for restraining orders at (414) 278-5079. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.
Milwaukee's LGBT Community Center offers services through appointments only and can be reached at 414-271-2656. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. Services are available on weekends through appointment only.
The Asha Project, which serves African-American women in Milwaukee, provides a crisis line from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at (414) 252-0075.
Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition is available at 414 727-4900 and is open from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 pm and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.
The Hmong American Women’s Association, which serves the Hmong and southeast Asian community, has advocates available at (414) 930-9352 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The WI Hmong Family Strengthening Helpline is available after hours at (877) 740-4292.
The UMOS Latina Resource Center in Milwaukee offers bi-lingual, bi-cultural, domestic violence, sexual assault and anti-human trafficking supportive services and operates a 24-hour hotline at (414) 389-6510.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at (800) 799-7233 or through their live chat.
Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 Scams
Information on Scams - English
Information on Scams - Spanish
Additional Resources on COVID-19 Scams
Resources on the Third Coronavirus Relief Package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Unemployment Compensation Information
2020 Reembolsos: Respuestas a las preguntas más comunes
Information on Other Coronavirus Relief Packages
Summary of the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act
Summary of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriation Act
Read my newsletter on COVID-19 resources here.
Read a newsletter highlighting my virtual town hall on how to avoid COVID-19 scams and stimulus check info here.
Read a May 19th newsletter update here.
Read a May 4th newsletter update here.
Read an April 17th newsletter update here.