• Amy Schneider

Resources For Our Team During This Challenging Time


UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS INFORMATION

APPLY FOR WISCONSIN UNEMPLOYMENT:

https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/apply/

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: HOW TO APPLY & ELIGIBILITY FAQ’S

https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/publications/ui/howtoapply.htm

FAQ’S ABOUT WISCONSIN UNEMPLOYMENT RELATED TO COVID-19:

https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm

ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENT INFORMATION

ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENT: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know

ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENT FAQ’S

https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-stimulus-package-questions-answers.html

ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENT SCAM ALERT

If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the Treasury Department and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond. These are scams. Please contact the FBI at www.ic3.gov so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.

TAX DEADLINE EXTENSION INFORMATION

TAX DEADLINE INFORMATION

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owed

IRS “PEOPLE FIRST” INITIATIVE

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-unveils-new-people-first-initiative-covid-19-effort-temporarily-adjusts-suspends-key-compliance-program

FOOD ASSISTANCE INFORMATION

FOOD SHARE BENEFITS

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/foodshare/index.htm

https://www.freshebt.com/state/wisconsin/

WIC

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/wic/index.htm

UTILITY BILLS ASSISTANCE INFORMATION

Many utility companies (power, gas, water) are keeping services on for people who can’t pay their bills because of the virus. Call your utility company directly for more information. If you’re deciding between paying a bill and buying food or essential items, call first! You may still owe past balances once the payment deferment period ends. Be sure to ask if and when you will need to pay the balances!

UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

https://communityadvocates.net/

https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/milwaukee_rental_assistance.html

UNITED WAY COVID-19 COMMUNITY ECONOMIC RELIEF FUND: 1-866-211-9966

RENT ASSISTANCE

RENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

https://communityadvocates.net/

https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/milwaukee_rental_assistance.html

EVICTION DEFERMENT INFORMATION

On March 27, 2020 Governor Evers issued a state wide order banning evictions for 60 days. However, rent due will still accumulate and will need to be paid following the lift of the ban. Widely reported advice is to pay what you can to avoid a large lump sum becoming due after the order is lifted as well as possible eviction if you are unable to pay it.

Here is the full executive order: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/03/27/file_attachments/1412941/EO%2015%20Ban%20on%20Evictions%20and%20Foreclosures%20PDF.pdf

HELPFUL ARTICLES

https://www.tmj4.com/news/coronavirus/pay-what-you-can-milwaukees-legal-aid-offers-advice-for-those-who-cant-pay-their-rent

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/01/april-1st-rent-mortgage-payment-due-faq/

MORTGAGE INFORMATION

Officials at several banks including Nicolet, Wells Fargo and Associated Bank said they will handle individual questions and situations on a case-by-case basis. Wells Fargo has halted foreclosure sales and evictions and has donated money to address food, housing and other basic needs.

HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE INFORMATION

BADGER CARE

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/index.htm

CREDIT CARD DEBT PAYMENT DEFERMENT

Credit card issuers have programs that can help cardholders when they need assistance – these often kick in during a disaster. Companies could extend a payment deadline, lower the annual percentage rate (APR) on your card or waive a late fee.

https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/money/2020/03/18/coronavirus-credit-card-companies-prepare-struggling-consumers/5067205002/

STUDENT LOAN ASSISTANCE

WHAT THE CARES ACT MEANS FOR FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS

https://www.studentloanborrowerassistance.org/what-the-cares-act-means-for-repayment-of-federal-student-loans/

FORBERANCE INFO FOR STUDENTS, BORROWERS AND PARENTS

https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus

RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES RELIEF FUND

The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Grants will be awarded as soon as possible to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). This Fund is operated by the NRAEF, whose mission is to attract, empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workers.

Grants will be awarded as soon as possible to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the NRAEF. Subject to the availability of funds contributed to the Fund, a one-time grant of $500 will be disbursed directly to the applicant following NRAEF’s review and confirmation that their submitted application meets the prescribed guidelines. Awards will be limited to one grant per person. All grant approvals are at the discretion of the NRAEF. Applications opened on April 2, 2020.

Here is a link to the fund’s page: https://rerf.us/

SUMMARY OF THE CARES ACT

https://www.natlawreview.com/article/summary-cares-act

FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

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