COVID-19 Resource Page
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought every one of us unprecedented challenges on a wide range of issues. On this webpage, you can find the resources you need during these hard times. If you don't find what you are looking for on this page, please don't hesitate to contact my office at (608) 264-8486 or Rep.Gundrum@legis.wisconsin.gov.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a federal agency that focuses on protecting public health and preventing disease. They have set up a page for those who want to learn about COVID-19 including common symptoms, testing, and vaccines. The CDC also offers tips on what to do if you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who does. There is a lot of information on their website detailing how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus especially taking precautions like frequent handwashing, disinfecting hard surfaces, social distancing, staying home if you are sick, and limiting exposure to public places.
Many schools and daycare facilities have closed due to the pandemic. Parents have been asked to double as teachers while still earning a paycheck. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) has a subsidy program called Wisconsin Shares. This program funds part of the cost of childcare while parents are working and can help ease the financial burden from the pandemic.
The pandemic and the stay-at-home order resulted in record high unemployment in Wisconsin. Wisconsinites' personal finances have been strained from the economic crisis, making it difficult to purchase necessities like food. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has a program called FoodShare to stop hunger. It is a program designed to help people those who have lost employment through no fault of their own. Many are working but have low incomes, and who are retired or disabled. Feeding America also has a webpage for finding food banks.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a difficult time to not have healthcare. BadgerCare Plus is a program under DHS to support people with low income. Medicaid is program between the federal government and the state government that works to help state residents if they're eligible. WisCovered offers free assistance to get health coverage.
Wisconsinites that are under financial pressure may find it difficult to afford internet services. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a program called Lifeline to help low income people pay for internet and phone services. Several usage requirements have also been waived due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those are interested can find out more here. This website offers a list of internet service providers who have programs for those with limited incomes.
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness
Small businesses have been suffering from the pandemic. Owners of small businesses can request loan forgiveness, but it is important to be aware that the Small Business Administration is looking for four specific areas of cost to be eligible for forgiveness. The application can be found here.
There are several programs that can help Wisconsinites who are struggling to pay rent or facing eviction. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a list of contacts for public housing assistance. HUD also provides housing counselors to help people with specific situations. Renters at risk of eviction can go to the Tenant Resource Center for assistance. The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Association (WHEDA) provides additional information on rental assistance. The Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP) has resources available to help renters who've drastically lost income during the pandemic.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) offers unemployment benefits for those who have lost their jobs. They have a webpage answering frequently asked questions. The DWD has been notoriously slow in paying some of the unemployment claims. If you are a constituent who has been waiting for unemployment benefits, please don't hesitate to contact my office.
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program helps those having trouble paying for utilities. Go to their website to find more information on reducing energy payments.
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Resources
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce has an excellent list of resources on their website for business owners who are seeking assistant during the pandemic.