We hope you are staying healthy. We have developed this tip sheet to help you get through these difficult times. You can add your email above to get notified of updates and additions to the list. If you know of other resources that we should include, please Email them to us so others may be helped.
Communication is key. Current Affordable Rentals tenants Let us know your situation. If you are going to have trouble making the rent, talk to Joscelyn or Josephine at the Affordable Rentals office, (414) 643-5635. Email
If you have any questions about any of the information on this resource list or need further assistance accessing these services, contact Affordable Rentals Special Projects Manager Steve Fendt at (414) 207-8674 Email
Our lobby is closed to reduce person to person contact, but we are available by phone (414) 643-5635 and Email
The new Milwaukee County Emergency Rent Assistance Program will pay up to $3,000 of back rent for tenants who have experienced a loss of income in last 60 days due to the impact of COVID-19.
Emergency Financial Assistance for low-income parents to pay for emergency housing or utility-related expense. Apply for Emergency Assistance Online (414) 389-6000 UMOS 2701 S Chase, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Unemployment Benefits If you have been laid off or have reduced hours due to COVID19, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Most applicants who are unemployed between March 29th and July 31th will receive an additional $600 per week . Apply by phone (414) 435-7069 or online at Wisconsin Unemployment. Once you apply you will have to file a weekly claim until you return to full employment. You may qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) if you were not a traditional employee, such as those who are self employed, working in the "gig economy" (Uber drivers etc.) Part time employees, 1099 workers now qualify as do those who must stay home to care for an ill family member. Even if you only recently started the job.
Assistance for Security and SSI recipients
Mediation Services Communication is key. Start by talking to your landlord. Tenants and landlords can request mediation and more information online Mediate Milwaukee or by calling 414-939-8800 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Sooner is better. Applying for mediation before an eviction is filed offers the most benefit, but they offer the service even after an eviction is filed.
Free Internet & WiFi for 60-days from Spectrum for Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households who don't currently have internet or WiFi service. Call (855) 243-8892
We Energies is resuming late fees and disconnecting services in July. (We are requesting the Public Service Commission to review this decision) You may consider applying for Energy Assistance Applications over the phone (414) 270-4653, or on-line Apply for Energy Assistance. It takes about an hour to sign up. Eligible applicants receive a $200-$900 credit on their WE Energies bill
Emergency Food Hunger Task Force has on-line map of up-to-date, reliable food sources in the community Hunger Task Force MPS is providing Free Meals for Students. The Milwaukee County Department on Aging (414) 289-6874 provides home delivery and meal pick up options. Wisconsin - FoodShare Information on how to sign up. Islamic Society Salam School 815 W. Layton Ave. serves free "drive thru" lunch weekdays 11AM to 1PM for area children, regardless of the school they attend. Enter on Carpenter Ave. between 7th and 8th St., and drive past the south entrance of the school to pick up food boxes. Stay in your car. The Milwaukee Journal published an extensive list of food pantries and lunch programs
United Way Resource list call 866-211-9966 and get a list be zipcode.
IMPACT 2-1-1 is a free, central access point for wide variety of information and assistance in times of personal crisis or community disaster. They can also be reached by dialing 211. Toll Free Video Relay is available at 1-866-211-3380
Connect provides a large list of services, financial aid, discounts on phone and tv services and more for those impacted by coronavirus
Child care services for essential workers and other parents (use links on the left of their page) from the Department of Children and Families
Federal Stimulus Check: Individuals can receive $1,200 and married couples $2,400 Parents can receive an additional $500 per child under 17. You may qualify even if your income is Social Security or pension. You generally MUST file your taxes to receive a stimulus check, even if may owe taxes. Taxes are easy to file online. Highly recommended is MyFreeTaxes.com Other options are TaxACT • H & R Block or Tax Slayer If you moved since filing your 2019 (or 2018) taxes you need to file a Form 8822 to change your address. If your income is Social Security or SSI you will NOT be required to file taxes.
Check the status of your stimulus check status (Official IRS website).
Places that are hiring: The Post Office, Pick ’n Save and other grocers, Amazon, Walmart Dollar Tree/Family Dollar and delivery drivers are in high demand. You should carefully consider the health risk to you and your family of jobs that involves interacting with the public at this time. These resources will be helpfup as the virus danger subsides
Remember we are all in this together if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.