Community Resources to support your family:
SPECTRUM: 2 Months free internet: Spectrum will offer two free months of internet and WiFi services to new customers in households with a Pre-K to 12 grade student or college student who needs it for school. The discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet service and the company will waive all installation and pre-payment fees.
For more information on the promotion, you can contact Spectrum at 1-(866) 874-2389.
Good MUST Knows
-Evictions orders are on hold through May 1st
-Effective March 19th all timed, meter, and night parking restrictions have been suspended
-The April 15th deadline for utility disconnections has been extended. Regulators have ordered that all gas, electric, and water utilities not be disconnected for residential or commercial businesses.
-Effective March 13, 2020 all federal student loans went to a 0% interest until the Department of Education issues further guidance. You can call your service provider, and ask to have your student loan payments forbearance for 60 days.
· CornerStone: 1-800-663-1662
· FedLoan Servicing (PHEAA): 1-800-699-2908
· Granite State — GSMR: 1-888-556-0022
· Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc.: 1-800-236-4300
· HESC/Edfinancial: 1-855-337-6884
· MOHELA: 1-888-866-4352
· Navient: 1-800-722-1300
· Nelnet: 1-888-486-4722
· OSLA Servicing: 1-866-264-9762
· ECSI: 1-866-313-3793
· Link to locate pantries and other sites providing meals: or call 211 https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1ZZJSmpJNj4dVUszEuHnX3-w5vjj_bhAB&shorturl=1&ll=43.09962943976652%2C-87.98456994851415&z=11&fbclid=IwAR26v9CqzKPt9N1iGo8VfJ0yUH-XDzYIVMNFMWUGrdALVqj5iNijVZAClDY
· MPS Lunch sites for families: https://mps.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/News/MPS-offers-packaged-meals-for-students-during-school-closure.htm
· The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee are providing three meals a day for kids under age 18. Follow the link for a map of participating locations. (414) 267-8100
· Friedens Community Ministries has several food pantry locations in Milwaukee.
· Shipt is offering 4 weeks free delivery for groceries (Target, Meijer, CVS)
Apply for unemployment here-https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/
Community advocates - https://communityadvocates.net/
Access county resources(in general) - Call 211 - https://211wisconsin.communityos.org/
Can text COVID19 to 211-211 for information and resources
Spring Election In-Person Absentee Voting (Early Voting)
Effective immediately, the City of Milwaukee will no longer be operating in-person absentee or “early” voting at the city’s three locations: Zablocki Library, the Zeidler Municipal Building or the Midtown Center. Due to increased COVID-19 exposure risk, the Election Commission can no longer maintain sufficient staffing levels to operate these sites in a manner that would ensure a safe or efficient public voting experience.
Requesting an absentee ballot by mail
The Election Commission strongly recommends that anyone planning to vote in the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary request to have an absentee ballot mailed to them.
· You must be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot.
· Voters should request an absentee ballot as soon as possible for April 7. The deadline is April 2, but do not wait!
· Request your absentee ballot online at myvote.wi.gov (voters will be required to upload a picture of their Photo ID if not already on file).
· Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Photo ID still applies). Be sure to tell us your name, address, and for which election you want the ballot.
Ways to keep active:
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has compiled a list of COVID-19-safe outdoor and indoor activities to stay active, including over 350 virtual workouts, tips for social distancing with kids and online yoga classes.
Senior citizen/disability resources:
· The Milwaukee County Department on Aging is offering home delivery and some meal pick up options.
· Milwaukee residents older than age 60 who meet certain income requirements can get a free box of healthy food from the Hunger Task Force. https://www.hungertaskforce.org/what-we-do/mobile-market/ 414-777-0483
Mental Health Resources:
Optum Public Crisis Line offers a toll-free emotional support helpline available to anyone. Caring professionals will connect you to resources. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call: 866-342-6802.
Doctor on Demand
Medical care and mental health care available with insurance. It’s an app that can be downloaded to your phone.
MindStar - Are able to do telehealth sessions. 414-435-1115
Family Healing and Wellness Center - 414-367-8793
Parent Helpline: 414-671-0566 - talk to a live person for any parenting support neededMon. - Thurs. 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
· Fri. 8:30 AM-3:00 PM
· IMPACT 2-1-1 responds after hours