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COVID-19 Update

Dear Neighbor,

In order to support your families being able to take a deep breath, turn away from constant news updates, and create a new temporary normal, my office will continue posting a near-daily update on the COVID-19 public health emergency to our website and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It is my hope that one reliable update each day will allow you to take a deep breath, oversee all that is happening in your own life and home, and have a reliable source of news you can count on to be up to date and accurate. As always, previous updates are on our website and linked beneath the graphic below. 

My greatest concerns right now are your lives and livelihoods. We are working hard to keep you and your loved ones safe, and to fight for our small businesses in an unprecedented crisis. 

In solidarity,

Rep. Robyn Vining

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 Past email updates can be found HERE 

Milwaukee County Housing Assistance

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Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley announced today that the county would use $10 million in funding from the federal CARES Act for housing assistance.

This housing assistance initiative will include eviction prevention, mortgage payment assistance, and affordable housing development. A portion of these funds are available as of today, Thursday, June 11th and will support Milwaukee County residents facing housing instability.


  • Source: Eviction Prevention Funds through Milwaukee County Housing Division
  • Availability: Effective Thursday, June 11, 2020
  • Amounts: Up to $3,000 Per Cooperative Landlord / Tenant Stipulated Agreement
  • Total Funding: $7 million dollars from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
  • Eligibility: Individuals / Families in Milwaukee County Facing Eviction or Behind on Rent due to a COVID-19 related loss of income. Eligible recipients will be 80% or less of the median income for the Milwaukee County metropolitan area.
  • Process: The Rent Assistance Application is located at https://communityadvocates.net/what-we-do/rent-assistance.html or contact the Rental Housing Resource Center at renthelp@communityadvocates.net or 414-270-4646

For more information, read the full Milwaukee County press release HERE

DHS - Crisis Counseling Services Grant 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that a $675,526 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was awarded to the Wisconsin Emergency Management, which DHS is using to partner with the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association to provide crisis counseling services to people experiencing anxiety and stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For more information, read the full news release from DHS HERE 

Relief Funds for Hospitals - CARES Act 

Governor Evers announced today that hospitals across Wisconsin will receive direct payments from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to assist with lost revenue and expenses they’ve incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, April, and May of 2020. DHS will distribute these payments from $40 million of funding provided to Wisconsin under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

For more information, read the full announcement HERE

Milwaukee Business Restart Program

Below is information provided by the City of Milwaukee Office of Small Business Development:

The Milwaukee Business Restart program uses federal relief funds to assist established Milwaukee businesses as they recover from COVID-19-related setbacks. 

The City of Milwaukee will provide grants to businesses so they can restock perishable inventory, purchase personal protective equipment, and accommodate social distancing guidance.  The program is targeted at small businesses significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and eligibility requirements are located on the website.  The City anticipates disbursing grants in the coming weeks and applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM TOMORROW, Friday, June 12th, 2020.

Please visit the website HERE for more details and to access the application. Questions should be sent to restart@milwaukee.gov

 Department of Health Services Updates 

For daily updated information on COVID-19 in Wisconsin, visit the DHS website HERE

Updates on the Badger Bounce Back plan gating criteria can be found HERE.  

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21,926 confirmed cases (increase of 333*)

3.6% of total tests are positive (for 6/11)

2,976 hospitalizations (14% of cases- increase of 33)

15,548 recovered cases (70% of all cases)

366,054 negative test results (increase of 8,942)

682 devastating deaths (increase of 11)

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 9,220 confirmed cases
Waukesha - 865 confirmed cases

*Changes over yesterday


Forward together,

Rep. Robyn Vining


Contact Us: 

State Capitol
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708 

PH: (608) 266-9180
TF: (888) 534-0014

Email: Rep.Vining@legis.wi.gov 
Web: www.vining.assembly.wi.gov 

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