COVID-19 RESOURCES

Para ver los recursos de COVID-19 en español, visite: https://vdlf.org/es/covid-19/

Voces de la Frontera is a community that stands together and we will get through this crisis together. You are not alone.

Below is a list of various compiled resources related to COVID-19 for Wisconsin families and immigrants divided by region and need.

Our offices remain closed to the public but our hours continue to be Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call 414.643.1620 with any general questions. If the line is busy, please leave your name, number, and how we can best serve you. 

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For more information or to apply to our  Direct Relief Fund: COVID-19 Relief for Undocumented Workers, please contact *Paola at 262-346-4027 or click on the image below.

*Note that we are experiencing a high volume of calls at this time. Leave a message and we will respond as soon as possible.

**Voces is also still accepting donations for our Direct Relief Fund. Please contact us or click here if you are in a position to financially assist others.

COVID-19 Resources for Wisconsin Families and Immigrants*

*Voces de la Frontera cannot guarantee the availability or eligibility of resources.

NATIONAL AND STATE ONLINE INFORMATION RESOURCES

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is dedicated to protecting health & promoting quality of life through prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. Information on COVID-19. Health and prevention tips. 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services protects and promotes the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin. Health and prevention tips. Official updates on the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Official news releases on COVID-19. 

VACCINE INFORMATION

Vaccine news is changing quickly. For accurate and up-to-date vaccine information, check this guide for updates or visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 vaccine website for more information including Wisconsin Vaccine FAQ’s

Important information to know as of early February 2021: 

The vaccine will be FREE to everyone, including individuals without legal status. 

You may see a charge from the vaccine clinic to your health insurance provider for the cost of the vaccine, but it can’t be passed on to you in any way. Both private insurance and public programs will cover 100% of the vaccine administration fee.

The vaccine is SAFE and one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

While Voces recommends getting the vaccine. The state will not mandate the vaccine- meaning it is not required. Private employers may determine whether they will require their employees to get vaccinated.

The vaccine is currently available to SOME members of the public, but not yet everyone. 

Most children, for example, have not yet been approved to receive the vaccine. Emergency use authorizations are available for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for use in adults and older teens. Moderna’s vaccine is authorized for people ages 18 and older, and Pfizer’s vaccine is authorized for use in people ages 16 and older.

The vaccine is available for: Adults ages 65 and over; Frontline health care personnel; Residents in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities; Police and fire personnel, correctional staff.

Find more information on vaccine eligibility here.

Where to get the vaccine:

  • Primary vaccinators: Health care providers and pharmacies
  • Other options: DHS and local health departments are coordinating additional vaccination options throughout the state. We ask for everyone’s patience during this time as vaccination efforts ramp up.

Milwaukee vaccine information is available at the City of Milwaukee website here

Milwaukee residents who are eligible for a vaccine must register and schedule an appointment.

Milwaukee residents who do not have an email address, do not have internet access or need assistance with scheduling an appointment, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at (414) 286-6800 or email ASKMHDCOVID19@milwaukee.gov.

HEALTH CARE

Although undocumented people are usually not eligible for health insurance, we can still receive health care through free/low-cost clinics that serve the uninsured.

Undocumented people seeking medical attention for COVID-19 treatment and or prevention will NOT be negatively affected in a Public Charge analysis. 

See: https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/public-charge

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has vowed to refrain from unnecessary arrests near medical centers or for those seeking medical assistance for COVID-19. 

Search for free/low-cost clinics here:

  • Wisconsin: https://www.wphca.org/page/FindHealthCenter
  • Milwaukee:Aurora Community Clinic (414)-384-1400
  • United States (including Wisconsin): https://freeclinicdirectory.org/
  • For women and families in need of low-cost health clinic: Planned Parenthood.
  • If you are experiencing an emergency, emergency rooms and hospitals that receive Federal Funding (most do) cannot turn away patients.
  • If you are pregnant, you can get care in Wisconsin, regardless of immigration status. 

Immigration Appointments and Services

Some USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) field offices and asylum offices resumed non-emergency face-to-face services to the public on June 4, 2020.  

Please check this page on the day of your appointment for any office closures or other important information. If you have appointments at more than one office (for example, a field office and an application support center) please check both sections to ensure the offices are open.

USCIS is NOT accepting walk-in visits at this time. You must have a scheduled appointment before arriving at a USCIS office. To schedule an emergency appointment or for more information contact the USCIS Contact Center. If you are feeling sick, please do not go to your appointment. According to USCIS “there is no penalty for rescheduling your appointment if you are sick.”

According to USCIS, “To protect against COVID-19, all visitors over the age of 2 years must wear face coverings that cover both the mouth and nose while in a USCIS office.

Due to potential safety risks, we do not allow neck gaiters, bandanas, or masks with exhaust valves, neck gaiters or bandanas to be used as face coverings. If you appear at a USCIS office without an acceptable face covering, we may offer you a replacement mask or ask you to reschedule your appointment. We reserve the right to deny entry to anyone who does not wear an acceptable face covering.

We may direct you to briefly remove your face covering to confirm your identity or take your photograph. Please follow the instructions included in your appointment notice, including for your scheduled appointment at the designated date and time.

For now, we cannot allow guests at naturalization ceremonies.”

For more information visit: https://www.uscis.gov or contact the USCIS Contact Center

ELECTORAL RIGHTS DURING COVID-19

For your safety, you can vote in the April 6 Spring Election without leaving your house. You must be eligible to vote, registered and request to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. All the information you need can be found at myvote.wi.gov. You may also call the Voces office for assistance at 414.366.3392. 

  • You must be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot. 
  • Voters should request an absentee ballot as soon as possible for April 6. The deadline is April 1, 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 and you will need a witness that is a citizen and is legally of age).

WISCONSIN STATE RESOURCES

Voces is currently working at the national and state level to make sure that funds will be available to everyone, workers and families, no matter their immigration status. 

211 is the United Way of Wisconsin number. The United Way connects you to local community resources. The United Way may be able to help you find local food and or housing resources as well as provide assistance with paying utility bills.

WISCONSIN HOUSING AND EVICTION INFORMATION

Being evicted is the legal process that’s required for a landlord to remove someone from a property. Tenants concerned with eviction are encouraged to speak directly with their landlord. Per federal order, most tenants are safe from eviction until at least March 31, or further notice.

Click here for a comprehensive Tenants During COVID19 FAQ or aquí en Español.

Click here for additional legal FAQs for Wisconsin renters. 

Click here for a comprehensive list of Wisconsin tenant resources and updates.  

WISCONSIN UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

If your workplace has closed due to COVID-19 you’re eligible to apply for unemployment benefits through the Wisconsin Labor Department. Must provide a valid social security number and Wisconsin Identification. Click here to learn how to apply.

MILWAUKEE RESOURCES

FOOD AND BASIC SUPPLIES

Milwaukee Hunger Task Force provides a map of locations of public emergency food distributions in Milwaukee on their website. The map lists public senior Stockbox sites, school meal sites and outdoor emergency food distribution sites in Milwaukee. This resource is updated daily. Check with your local community food pantry directly for hours of operation.

  • If you have little or no food in your home, visit a food pantry. Check the map to see which pantry is closest nearby.
  • If there are children in your home, you can also obtain school meals. Visit the map for schools offering “grab and go” school meals.
  • If there is a low-income adult age 60 or older in your home, they can receive a Stockbox. Check the map for drive-thru locations.
  • If you are recently unemployed, laid off, or have had your hours reduced, apply for FoodShare at www.access.wisconsin.gov. Do you not need to go to the welfare office; you may apply online.

Salvation Army Food Pantry of Milwaukee County has five locations in Milwaukee county. You can search these pantries on the Hunger Task Force website or call directly.

  • Salvation Army Pantry at 5880 N 60th St.
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    • Serves  residents of zip codes 53218, 53224, and 53225
    • Phone: (414) 464-2940
    • Open Monday-Friday
  • Salvation Army Pantry at 1645 N. 25th Street
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    • Serves residents of the 53205 and 53208 zip codes    
    • Phone: (414) 831-1156   
    • Open Tuesday-Thursday       
  • Salvation Army Pantry at 4129 W. Villard Avenue
    • Serves residents of 53206, 53209, 53216, 53217, 53218, 53222, 53223, 53224, 53225 zip codes    
    • Phone: (414) 463-3300
    • Open Thursdays and Fridays

Ayuda Mutua Milwaukee is an online Facebook community that serves Latinx and immigrants with updated local resources. Find on Facebook @Ayudamutuamke

  • Distribution center for people and families in need from zip codes 53204 and 53215. 
    • Located at 1115 S. 7th St- the building next to St. Patrick’s Church
    • Call 414.208.4775 for more information

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

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.

Racine Resources

Behavioral Health Services (BHS) of Racine County provides a comprehensive array of mental health and substance abuse services including outpatient evaluations, psychotherapy and counseling.  Cost of services is based on ability to pay. 

  • BHS is located at 1717 Taylor Ave, Racine WI
  • Call the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis line at 262-638-6741

Madison Resources

For an updated and comprehensive list of Madison resources click here.

Facebook community: COVID19 Mutual Aid Madison

The River Food Pantry has created a COVID-19 Emergency Food Fund to provide boxes of food for curbside pick-up and MUNCH mobile lunch delivery to children in 9 vulnerable neighborhoods on the north side of Madison (for details about accessing services, see Food Pantry section).

Manitowoc Resources

“Crusaders Closet” by Crusaders of Justicia is operating from 9 AM to 1 PM every day for those who need help with food or supplies and to drop off donations. (Subject to volunteer availability.)

  • They offer pickup and delivery for those unable or fearful of going out. 
  • Call or text (920) 320-9283 or email CrusadersOfJusticia@gmail.com.
  • Visit website at: https://www.crusadersofjusticia.org
  • Follow on Facebook: @CrusadersOfJusticia

 

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