Coronavirus COVID-19

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.

Helping Meet Your Immediate Needs

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.

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:

Public Service Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Valcq has suspended all utility disconnections. 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

If your student requires an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and you have questions about their education requirements during the pandemic, click here.

Domestic violence shelters are operating and available to help. If staying home isn’t safe, visit the link to find local services that can help.

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. 

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.

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

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.

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