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Milwaukee Area Labor Council Updates
State of Wisconsin Information
IMPACT 2-1-1 is a central access point for people in need. During times of personal crisis or community disaster, the free, confidential helpline and online resource directory make it easy for residents to get connected to information and assistance.
- The Hunger Task Force also provides Stockboxes, a program that allows households with an individual age 60 or older to receive nutrition packages. More information about Stockbox can be found here.
- Wisconsin also provides The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). TEFAP is a supplementary food assistance service that is separate from FoodShare. TEFAP provides short-term relief, and packages consist of 3-5 days of food. Find more information by calling 2-1-1.
Wisconsin Works (W-2) is a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program that provides employment preparation services and cash assistance to low income families and pregnant women.
Emergency Assistance (EA). EA is a one-time rent assistance payment that can be awarded for a variety of crises, including fire, flood, homelessness, or energy crises. In order to be eligible for EA, the family must have at least one child in the home, and meet the income requirements. You can contact the local W-2 Agency and apply for EA here. For Wisconsin TANF benefits, various documents may be needed in order to apply. A brochure of all necessary documents for each type of assistance can be found here.
Community Advocates has many resources for families facing eviction, or have disputes with their landlords concerning a wide variety of issues. They also run a family support center emergency shelter, offer rent assistance, and provide multiple resources for endangered women, including a women’s shelter. A list of all their available resources, and how to get in contact with them can be found here.
Milwaukee County has provided emergency energy assistance for individuals who need assistance paying heat and energy bills. With winter right around the corner, many families are in danger of having their heat turned off when they need it most. In order to apply for assistance, you will need a photo ID, Social Security numbers for all individuals in the home, proof of income for all individuals in the home, and proof of utility costs. For full information and to apply, refer to the Milwaukee County infographic here, or visit their page.
If you have exhausted all reasonable options, and you still face eviction, you may be eligible for eviction protection under CDC’s order to halt evictions due to COVID-19. Information on eligibility for eviction protection can be found here.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County
Resources from National AFL-CIO