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Women Veterans Day
Governor Evers declared June 12, Women Veterans Day. This commemorates the 72nd anniversary of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, which enabled women to served in all branches of the military as permanent and regular members. The Governor's proclamation commends the dedication and resilience of our women veterans and their sacrifices. 

View the proclamation here. 



Resources - 

During this difficult time it is worth reminding Wisconsinites that 211 exists to help when you don’t know where to turn. 211 is a resource managed by the United Way of Wisconsin. Call 2-1-1 or visit their website.

Office of Crime Victim Services

End Abuse Wisconsin 

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-7233, text LOVEIS to 22522, or go to for free and confidential support.

Disaster Distress Hotline 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line 

Vets for Warriors 

Military One Source 

Resilient Wisconsin

Department of Corrections Helpline: The call center can be reached by members of the public Monday through Friday from 7:45am–4:30pm at (608) 240-5700.

Wisconsin Farm Center 

LGBTQ Crisis Line 

HopeLine Text Service 

Wisconsin Elder Abuse Hotline 

Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline *



Child Care Counts: COVID-19 Emergency Payment Program

 The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) is supporting the growing demand for child care access for essential workforce families by assisting in the launch of a number of payment programs to support child care providers.

Open now: Application Period 2 - June 8 - June 19, 2020

Learn more. 

Wisconsin State Park Campgrounds - DHS Guidance

On June 10, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reopened state campgrounds with special conditions to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.
However, while DHS continues to recommend that Wisconsinites limit outings to essential trips only, they provided guidance for campers to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 


CARES ACT - Financial Assistance to Hospitals

Gov. Tony Evers announced 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 related to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, April, and May 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.

Learn more. 


W.R.A.P - Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program

The Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources will partner with the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association to provide direct assistance to renters. $25 million will be allocated to agencies across the state for residents to apply for that meet income and need eligibility.

They will begin taking applications for the program on or before June 8th, 2020.

Learn how to apply here. 

Learn more. 


WHEDA FAQs for homeowners, renters, housing providers in response to COVID-19

As the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic changes, so does WHEDA’s response. WHEDA also is monitoring developments related to the $2 trillion fiscal stimulus bill. The bill contains billions for homeless assistance and rental assistance as well as provisions that place a moratorium on home foreclosures and provide forbearance from payments with no penalties or additional fees.

View FAQs here. 


More Wisconsin Residents Can Now Qualify for Food Assistance

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today more households will now be able to get food through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

Households with incomes below 300% of the federal poverty level (FPL) are now eligible to receive a monthly share of locally grown, Grade-A foods that include meat, vegetables, fruit, juice, and more from a TEFAP food pantry. For a household of one, that income threshold is $38,280. The larger the household, the higher the income threshold. Previously TEFAP’s qualifying income threshold was 185% FPL, or $23,606 for a household of one.

Learn more. 



Looking for additional resources? If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to my office at Sen.Erpenbach@Legis.WI.Gov, or call (608) 266-6670. 


Contacting My Office

Feel free to contact me with any inquiries. Please visit my website for press releases and other Capitol updates.