COVID-19 Resource Guide

ACLU of Wisconsin Pandemic Response

 Health Info on COVID-19:  

Centers for Disease Control:

World Health Organization:

US Dept of Health & Human Services:

MKE County Covid-19 Dashboard:

Covid-19 Resources through a Racial Equity Lens:

Food, Housing, Employment and Financial Support:

Federal Financial Assistance for Covid Economic Impact Eligibility ( $1200 per adult, $500 per minor child):   If you file a 2018/2019 tax return or get social security, you should automatically get a payment. If you haven’t filed a tax return in those years, you can apply at this “non-filers” link:

State Unemployment Compensation (Including broader Pandemic Unemployment Comp which applies to many gig workers, self employed persons, and others who don’t usually qualify for unemployment compensation):

Food and Housing (State and Local) (WPR):

Rent Help Line and virtual Rental Housing Resource Center to connect landlords and tenants with services and resources. Email or call 414-270-4646.

DPI Child Nutrition Food and Resources:

Milwaukee Community Care and Mutual Aid:

Ayuda Mutua Milwaukee - Coronavirus:
Metcalfe Park:   414.488.5582

Hunger Task Force:

Childcare Requests for Essential Workers:

Protect Yourself Financially During Covid-19:

Free meals for children at the Boys and Girls Club:

STICKWheEach Monday, they will be distributing 21 meals for each child 18 years old and under. (3 meals/day for 7 days).

Please arrive prepared to carry and transport a large amount of food, as well as educational materials. Meal sites are open 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or while supplies last. Also, please follow social distancing guidelines while at meal sites to ensure the safety of all participating.

Participating locations include:

Daniels-Mardak Club (4834 N. 35th St, Milwaukee, WI 53209)

LaVarnway Club (2739 N. 15th St, Milwaukee, WI 53206)

Davis (1975 S. 24th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204)

Energy Assistance: 

Call 211 or 1-866-211-9966  for list of local agencies.

Senior Dining Curbside:

Resources for People Returning from Incarceration:

Resources for people returning from incarceration in MAD:

Resources for people returning from incarceration in MKE:

Resources for people returning from incarceration in  GB:   

Wisconsin Department of Corrections & Covid-19

Joshua Glover Residential Re-Entry Center:

FoodShare Employment and Training:

UMOS TechHire Training:

Right Step Program for Children of Incarcerated Persons:

WISDOM Interfaith group that addresses many issues - Find which affiliate is near you: SOPHIA in Waukesha, MICAH in Milwaukee, MOSES in Madison, CUSH in Kenosha, RIC in Racine, ESTHER in the Fox Valley, JOSHUA in Green Bay, NAOMI in Wausau, JONAH in the Chippewa Valley.

New England Journal of Medicine: Flattening the Curve for Incarcerated Populations

Education Resources:

Primary and Secondary Education Resources for Home:

Parenting Tips (discipline, special education, anxiety, more):

Parent, Professional & Youth Guidance and Support:

Department of Public Instruction and PBS had partnered -

Khan Academy –

Brainpop -

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari -

American Museum of Natural History -

Milwaukee Art Museum Virtual Tours

Funny article on teaching kids at home -

College and Higher Education Resources:

Higher Ed from CDC:

Suspended Federal Student Loan Payments, Waives Interest During National Emergency -

COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel:

Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents (Common Questions): 

Phone and Text Lines to Reach Out for Help:

Non-Crisis Emotional Support:

To find a therapist for ongoing support at Children’s Wisconsin, call 414-266-3339

 NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) HelpLine, Monday through Friday, between 8am and 5pm for mental health resources, 800-950-6264

Cope Hotline. 24-hr emotional support and crisis intervention from trained volunteers serving Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Washington, and Sheboygan counties.  Spanish-speaking volunteers available 9pm to 9am. 262-377-2673

 Warmline.  A peer-run, non-crisis support line.  Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 6-10pm.  414-777-4729

Mental health and Crisis Resources:

Domestic Violence


MKE: Nia Imani Family,

MKE: Alma Center,

MKE: UMOS Latina Resource Center

MKE: Sojourner Family Peace Center  (414) 933-2722

MKE: ASHA Project (414) 252-0075

Waukesha: The Women's Center, 

National Domestic Violence Hotline:  (800) 799-7233 or Text LOVEIS to 22522

Community Recovery Services 

Milwaukee Mental Health Crisis Line: 414-257-7222

AA Alcoholics Anonymous Wisconsin:

NA Narcotics Anonymous Wisconsin:

Alcohol, Drug, Mental Health Support on FB (Sheboygan & State):

The Meta House:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline:  1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Hopeline.  24/7 Counseling and Support Text Line.  Text “Hopeline” to 741741.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Chat:

Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1

LGBTQ Crisis Services: The Trevor Project

24/7 Hotline: 1-866-488-7386   Textline: 1-202-304-1200, Monday-Friday, 2pm – 9pm


Crisis Text Line: Text “HOPELINE” to 741741

Crisis Text Line for Students of Color: Text “STEVE” to 741741

COVID-19 and Coping Resources:

Compassionate  Resilience:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):

Mental Health of America Wisconsin: 

American Psychological Association: 

National Association of School Psychologists:

Childmind Institute:  

Many Comprehensive resources for everyone, videos, pdfs, etc.

Mental and Medical Health Resources:

Medical Resources for Undocumented Folks During Covid-19:

NAMI – Comprehensive Covid-19 Resource Guide:

TimeSlips - Resources for Elders Suffering Dementia, Alzheimers and Memory Loss

Medication Access During Covid-19:

Managing Stress and Anxiety related to Covid-19:

Tips for Social Distancing and Quarantine During Covid-19:

Covid-19 Pandemic Response Resources for anyone/everyone – very comprehensive list with infographics and multiple topics:

Tips for Working at Home:

The Muse:

NY Times:

Pop Sci:


Black Enterprise:


Funny Tweets about working from home:

Racial Justice

Racial Equity Tools:

Forbes: Racial Inequities in US Healthcare

Brookings: How to Reduce Racial Gap in Covid-19 Deaths

Scientific American: What Covid Means to Black Americans

Non-Profit Quarterly: Covid-19: Using a Racial Justice Lens Now to Transform our Future

Immigrant and Immigration Resources:  HIAS has produced a "Know Your Rights" flyer to give refugees, asylum seekers, asylees, and other immigrants information about their rights during the coronavirus outbreak. It includes facts about employment protections, accessing healthcare, housing rights, and more. You can read versions in English, Arabic, Farsi, French, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili.

VOCES de la Frontera Hotline: 414.366.3392   Raids/Redadas  414.418.9409  

Employment Best Practices:

The FDA released informational materials for food industry in Spanish, Somali and other languages. This assistance provides food safety best practices for retail food stores, restaurants and food pick-up/delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Spanish resource: What to Do if You Have COVID-19 Confirmed Positive or Exposed Workers in Your Food Production, Storage, or Distribution Operations Regulated by FDA
  • Spanish resource: Use of Respirators, Facemasks, and Cloth Face Coverings in the Food and Agriculture Sector During Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic
  • Somali, Af Soomaali resource: Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Hmong, Hmoob resource: Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic


COVID-19 Response and Resources

The COVID-19 crisis has given rise to a set of new and unforeseen threats to the civil rights and civil liberties of all Wisconsinites – even a threat to our lives, especially for people of color, and members of other vulnerable communities. 

April 16, 2020