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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week, Governor Evers made a series of announcements 

related to how the state will be allocating the $1.9 billion in federal CARES Act funding. The week started out with Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announcing the We’re All In initiative which is a rapid grant program for small businesses.  If you're a small business owners you can find more info here.

As the week went on there were announcements for health & critical access grants, rental assistance, food security and more. Detailed information on these grants and programs are included in this eUpdate. 

I hope you have a safe Memorial Day weekend, and do not forget to follow COVID-19 best safety practices like social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face.

If you have any questions or need assistance with any matter, please feel free to contact my office.

Lisa Subeck
State Representative
78th Assembly District

In This Weeks Update:

Health & Critical Access Grants

Emergency Response Investments


Farm & Food Security

Child Care Counts

Unemployment Helps

Trusted COVID-19 Resources

Contact Me:

109 North, State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-7521

Toll-Free: (888) 534-0078

Fax: (608) 282-3690

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WI Cares - Health_2.pngHealth & Critical Access Grants

Yesterday, Governor Evers announced a $100 million grant program to support providers most at-risk for financial hardship during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The providers targeted for financial assistance include emergency medical services, home and community-based services, and long-term care providers such as skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities. The program is funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The Facilities and individuals who provide care for our society’s most vulnerable individuals have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. The new program will be administered in two parts: an initial release of funds to support immediate needs, and a second, targeted release for additional needs of individual providers. Both rounds of funding will be allocated to support expenses directly related to COVID-19 as well as expenses associated with the interruption of typical operations, such as overtime pay, changes to sanitation procedures, and disruption to the standard delivery of care.

This program will get funding to those who need it quickly due to the grant schedule. The second round of funding will be targeted toward specific COVID-related expenses. This creative, well-thought out approach will help sustain our care providers in the short term and the long term.

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Emergency Response Investments

Governor Evers announced a robust $1 billion statewide effort to support COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, acquisition of needed supplies including PPE, emergency operations, and resources for local communities throughout Wisconsin. This is part of the $1.9 billion of federal CARES Act funding Wisconsin received.

These investments in emergency response target the biggest areas of need including increased testing and contact tracing, more funding for PPE and ventilators, and a focus on patient care efforts.

Wisconsin already has some of the highest per capita testing numbers in the country. The investments the governor announced today will give us even more capacity to better understand how widespread COVID-19 is in communities across Wisconsin. In addition to testing, we know hiring contact tracers is the next step in identifying community spread, isolating individuals who have come into contacted with someone who is infected, and preventing them from transmitting the virus more widely.

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W.R.A.P..pngWisconsin Rental Assistance Program

The Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program was announced this week to provide short term financial assistance to Wisconsinites who experienced income loss as a result of COVID-19 to prevent evictions once rent moratoriums expire. State Emergency Order #15 placed a temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures for 60 days, which will end on May 26th, and the federal CARES Act banned eviction filings for all federally backed rental units and mortgages nationwide for 120 days. This will end on July 25th.

The Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources within the Department of Administration will oversee the distribution of up to $25 million of coronavirus relief funds for financial assistance to individual households to help pay for costs associated with rent payments, and will contract with WISCAP (Wisconsin Community Action Program Association), which is an association of 16 community action (or CAP) agencies to administer the program. The network is uniquely situated to deliver a statewide emergency rent assistance program through trusted local agencies. WISCAP has a track record of delivering programs in this way, such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and Job and Business Development Program (JBD).

WISCAP member agencies will accept applications based on criteria established by the division and award grants of up to $3,000 in a combination of rental payments and/or security deposits. In general, an eligible applicant must be an adult Wisconsin resident with a household income at or below 80% of the county median income in the month of or prior to the application date. The applicant must provide documentation showing they have had a significant loss of income due to COVID and are unable to pay their rent, and will be paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the tenant.

Financial assistance will be awarded on a first come first serve basis, however, in the case that demand exceeds funding, a waiting list will be established. More details about the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program, including complete eligibility criteria, application documentation requirements, and the distribution process for the rental assistance, will be shared in the upcoming days.

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Farm &  Food Security

Governor Evers announced $50 million in direct payments to farmers who use agriculture and farming as their primary source of income. The Department of Trade, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will work with stakeholders to administer the program along with the Department of Revenue (DOR). The Administration also announced a $15-million Food Security Initiative to combat hunger in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is a national agriculture leader, but COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for our farmers, food processors, and all those in the food supply chain. Federal aid so far has attempted to support agriculture nationwide, but Wisconsin farmers have been left out. Eligible farmers will be asked to apply for the aid through the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, which is working in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Farm support payments could begin arriving as early as June.

To compliment the aid to our farmers, the Food Security Initiative  will provide up to $15 million for food banks, pantries, and other non-profit organizations to help them purchase, process, or store Wisconsin agricultural products.

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ccc-web.jpgChild Care Counts

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) was approved to begin a $51 million payment program to support Wisconsin’s early care and education community. The funding comes as part of the state’s federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) monies.

The Child Care Counts: COVID-19 Emergency Payment Program is broken into three smaller programs targeted at the most common circumstances early care and education providers are facing in the wake of the public health emergency. The individual payment programs are detailed below and cover the March 12 to May 26 period. The department is issuing payments across three application periods: May 18 to May 29, June 8 to June 19, and June 29 to July 10. Providers are encouraged to apply during all phases and can do so by visiting the department’s web site.

Funding to Care for Essential Workforce Families

This program is designed to support the costs of providing care for essential workforce families. Funds are to be used for paying staff, reimbursing families, or other allowable expenses.

Incentive Pay

The Incentive Pay program provides additional wages for child care providers and individual educators. Funds are required to be used to increase base pay during the State of Emergency for current employees, providers, and individual educators.

Support for Temporarily Closed Child Care Programs

To assist providers who were forced to close, this program helps defray costs associated with retaining staff and reopening child care programs as Wisconsin’s workforce returns to work. Funds are required to be used for reopening within 30 days of receiving funding. The money received is required to be used for paying staff, reimbursing families, or other allowable expenses.

NOTE: The department recently launched an initiative to connect families with local child care, including an interactive map that displays open, available care and an application for families in need of child care

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Having Trouble Receiving Unemployment Benefits? 

If it has been at least three weeks since you submitted your application and you have not received your benefits, my office may be able to help you.

If you are experiencing a different issue with your application, please email Rep.Subeck@legis.wi.gov with the following information: 

  • Full name (First Name, Middle Initial, & Last Name)
  • Phone number
  • Date of Birth or last 4 digits of SSN
  • Issue that needs to be resolved 
  • Status of your application
    • Did you apply online?
    • What date did you submit it?

My staff will send this information to DWD and request that they look into your case. I understand that this is a difficult financial time for many, and I am committed to helping you receive your benefits in a timely manner.

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Department of Health Services COVID-19 Site CDC COVID-19 Information
Governor Evers's COVID-19 Information Hub World Health Organization Corona Virus Info
Dept. of Workforce Development COVID-19 FAQs WEDC COVID-19 Info & Resources for Businesses
Childcare Resources for Essential Workers

Info to Help Kids & Parents Cope Amidst COVID-19

Public Health Dane County & City of Madison County & Tribal Health Officials

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