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Voces de la Frontera is providing information related to COVID-19 to help our statewide community. Below you’ll find information on our Direct Relief Fund, including how to donate and how to apply. We’ve also included a link of links for resources and other valuable information. Please check back for updates. If you need to speak with someone directly or have questions, please call our remote office numbers:
- For general questions or assistance, please call 414.366.3392
- For ICE emergencies or to report a raid, call 414.418.9409 (See “Know Your Rights” section below for more information).
- For legal assistance please call or text the Caminos hotline at 414.491.5483
- 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.
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Important Informational Links:
- How to protect yourself
- What to do if you think you are sick
- Common symptoms etc.
COVID-19 Resources for Wisconsin Families and Immigrants*
*Voces de la Frontera cannot guarantee 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 spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Official news releases on COVID-19.
- English Website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19
- English Facebook @DHSWI
Immigration Appointments and Services
USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) Centers are closed until April 1, or further notice. Biometrics appointments are postponed and will be rescheduled when USCIS reopens, which means the DACA renewal process is greatly delayed. It is recommended to consult an attorney and submit your application soon. Source: United We Dream
“As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment contact the USCIS Contact Center.”
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
If you or your family have an ICE emergency or need to report a raid call 414.418.9409.
- Police & sheriffs should NEVER ask about immigration status. You can always refuse to answer such questions.
- No law enforcement official has the right to enter your home without an arrest or search warrant signed by a judge. Don’t open the door or answer questions at the door!
- FILM WITH YOUR CELL PHONE incidents with police or ICE! This right is protected under the 1st Amendment.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
- Their website has a search tool by zipcode and or city at http://www.211.org
- Dial 211 ( English, Spanish and other language). Available 24/7
- OR Text your zip code to 898211 to find related resources.
Live Texting is available Monday-Friday 9am-9pm
(**Milwaukee Food Bank Texting services are currently suspended. Please call 211 and ask to speak with a Community Resource Specialist. )
COVID-19 funds are not currently available but may become so in the future
- TEXT (COVID19) 211211 for more information or call 211
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 an eviction are encouraged to speak directly with their landlord. In Milwaukee and Dane Counties you are safe from eviction until at least April 9 or further notice per court order. Landlords are still allowed to file for evictions, but those evictions will not be carried out immediately and won’t be reviewed in court until at least April 3. Legal Action of Wisconsin, which helped secure the delays, is also working to have similar eviction suspensions in other counties. If you are facing the threat of eviction, please let us know by calling or texting 414.366.3392.
Madison Water Utility announced they are exempting late payment fees until further notice. Madison Water Utility never disconnects customers for late payments.
Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Eviction Defense Project (EDP) is court-based, FREE legal aid for low-income tenants who are facing eviction. They have limited capacity and serve both Milwaukee and Dane County.
- Call (414) 278-7722 Mondays and Thursdays to confirm Project availability in Milwaukee County
- Call (608) 256-3304 Tuesdays to confirm availability in Dane County (Madison)
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.
WISCONSIN STUDENT AND FAMILY RESOURCES
Limited Time Free Internet. Spectrum is offering students without internet free access for up to 60 days while schools are closed. Speed and data plans subject to vary.
To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter offers Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
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.
- Serves residents of zip codes 53218, 53224, and 53225
- Phone: (414) 464-2940
- Open Monday-Friday
- Salvation Army Pantry at 1645 N. 25th Street
- 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
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.
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
For an updated and comprehensive list of Madison resources click here.
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).
“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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