Federal / State Assistance Programs
How do I assist individuals to use technology to access resources?
Where can I find FoodShare, SNAP, Section 8, utility assistance, SSDI eligibility & information?
FoodShare Wisconsin Eligibility
SNAP Eligibility FAQ
Section 8 Income Limits Wisconsin
Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program
SSA Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool
What programs are supporting families with children?
DCF COVID-19 Child Care Portal
DCF Childcare Info for Families
DCF Childcare Info for Essential Workers
COVID-19 Child Care Request Form for Workforce Families
How quickly are applications being processed?
Department of Workforce Development requests that claimants allow 30 day for processing
What programs & resources are available for the immobile?
How will DHS handle continuation of Medicaid coverage for individuals who become ineligible during the crisis?
Retirement & Disability
What resources are there for low-income seniors?
DHS Programs & Services for Older Adults
What is available for the ageing and disabled in regards to transportation?
Rural / Farm
What are the program eligibility & funds for farmers & small businesses?
Managing a Farm During COVID-19
Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Do any of the WHEDA resources apply to farmers and their family home?
What financial support is there for small business in regards to childcare?
What support is available to family child care providers who make up a vast amount of the early childhood workforce?
What is being done for non-center-based, family childcare?
How does this work for the children who are eligible to receive free and reduced meals but their parents currently don’t receive foodshare benefits?
Child Nutrition Program COVID-19 Information
Criminal Justice System
Are there plans to assist people just coming out of the criminal justice system?
DOC Pamphlet: COVID-19 and Health Insurance
For programs not available to those under probation or parole, will qualifications change?
How should one proceed if unable to access (online or phone) unemployment when eligible?
What resources (or alternatives) are available for those on the other side of the digital divide?
Wisconsin DPI Connectivity Programs
How can families with multiple children share a computer for both school and adult work?
Are there scholarships available for students that need a laptop?
Laptop distribution / rentals are occurring on a school-by-school basis. Please consult your institution to see what your options are.
What resources are there for rent and utility assistance / bill payment?
Temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures
Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program
Extension Pamphlet: Dealing with a drop in income
Is there any cushion for clients in the process of eviction after the “stay at home orders” are lifted?
Will the deferment for rent, mortgage, and utilities just postpone a financial crisis for many low to moderate income families?
What is the difference between PPP and PUA?
PPP Loans vs Unemployment Benefits: How to Choose
Do you have to apply for UI first before applying for PUA?
If you have not worked for an employer in the last 18 months, who pays into UI, you can apply for PUA immediately.
Are those on SSDI eligible for PUA?
An individual cannot receive Social Security Disability (SSDI) payments and unemployment benefits concurrently (See s. 108.04(12)(f), Wis. Stats.) If an individual is receiving SSDI, they must report this information on their initial claim and weekly claim certifications. State law is applicable for PUA as well.
Will the CARES Act payments be counted as income and affect assistance program / subsidy eligibility?
Yes, those payments are considered income for federal and state tax purposes. You can ask to have state and federal taxes withheld from your unemployment payments. If you decide to have taxes withheld, we will deduct 10% for federal taxes and/or 5% for state taxes from your weekly benefit payment. You can opt to have taxes withheld at https://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov.
How will the UI payments affect means-tested benefits?
Are sole proprietors without employees eligible for PPP and EIDL on the same terms as those with employees?
What local organizations are available to help people understand relief packages?
UW Extension Financial Educator Contact Page
Are those individuals who work for employers with self-funded unemployment funds, eligible for any additional benefits?
How to help people get back on track after COVID-19?
When do FIs start to re-open their lobbies? And what does that look like?
Are there tax implications for the future with the special checks being sent and increases to monthly payments?
You will not owe income taxes on your stimulus check, however, unemployment benefits and your state insurance benefits are considered taxable income.
What resources are there for the homeless?
What resources are there for undocumented & mixed status families?
Voces de La Frontera COVID-19 Resource Page
What financial resources are there for families with COVID-19 infection?
What is the response of DCF?
DCF COVID-19 Response Page
What happens if a person with a high risk of COVID-19 complications is forced to quit their job or take a leave of absence to shelter in place?
DWD Wisconsin Exceptions to the Standard Quit Disqualification