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.
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 20 distribution areas where students can pick up meals. Find locations here.
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee is also providing meals to children, 18 years old and younger.
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.
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
If you lost health care coverage through your employer due to the pandemic, you can qualify to receive coverage through a special enrollment period. Find more info at http://healthcare.gov.
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
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
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
Information for Small Business Owners Regarding the Third Coronavirus Relief Package
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.
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 (Beginning March 26th)
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 home-delivered meals and food available for pick up.
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
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
Submit your Banking Information Here to Receive your Stimulus Check Through Direct Deposit
FAQs on Rebates (Direct Cash Payments)
FAQs on Unemployment Benefits and Direct Cash Payments
Information for SSI Non-Filers
Registration for Economic Impact Payment for Non-Filers
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)
The IRS has reopened the registration period to claim an Economic Impact Payment. Individuals who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement, or certain Veterans benefits – but didn’t receive the $500 payment per child earlier this year – can still file for the $500 payment.
Federal benefit recipients can use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool to get a catch-up payment for a qualifying child if:
- Have not already used the Non-Filers tool to provide information about their qualifying child
- Have not filed their 2019 or 2018 tax return
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
Drive-up Early Voting in Milwaukee
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.