Door County Economic Support

Door County Economic Support Door County Economic Support Unit is a part of Door County Health and Human Services Department. Programs managed under the Economic Support Unit: FoodShare, BadgerCare/Medicaid, Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy, and Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance

Operating as usual

04/02/2021
www.dhs.wisconsin.gov

Get the MyACCESS mobile App and connect to your benefits anywhere, anytime!

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p02309.pdf

03/30/2021
www.co.door.wi.gov

FYI: Door County has eliminated the COVID-19 vaccination waitlist. Those that are in the eligible groups (listed in the press release below) can now schedule their own appointments through an online scheduling system. Please only schedule an appointment if you are in the eligible groups designated by the State.

Those who do not have internet access or need help scheduling can call 920-746-7180 (Public Health is incredibly busy and they ask your patience if it takes several days to return your call). There is more information in the Door County press release linked here:
https://www.co.door.wi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3785/Press-release-32521?bidId=

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) released recently that the annual winter moratorium will end on April 1...
03/22/2021
Financial Assistance for Wisconsin Citizens

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) released recently that the annual winter moratorium will end on April 15, 2021. This will allow utility companies to move forward with disconnections of services for nonpayment.

Customers who are behind on payments are strongly encouraged to plan now. Contact your utility provider to discuss payment plan options or apply for state and federal assistance before this date comes and goes and you are in a position with no electric and/or heat.

There are many posts on our page that will include information about additional programs to help with utilities, rental assistance and more. Here is also a link to Door County utility-related resources (found on the PSC website): https://apps.psc.wi.gov/APPS/CCSconsumer/content/county.aspx?county=15&name=Door

The PSC news release is attached: https://apps.psc.wi.gov/APPS/NewsReleases/content/PDF_download.aspx?id=681

Consumers throughout the state have access to a variety of financial assistance such as Energy Assistance, Telephone Equipment Purchase Program (TEPP), social agencies, and others.

Did You Know?Do you know about the WI Emergency Rental Assistance Program (WERA)? Eligible households could receive up t...
03/19/2021
DOA WI Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Did You Know?

Do you know about the WI Emergency Rental Assistance Program (WERA)? Eligible households could receive up to 12 months of assistance to help with current and/or overdue utility and rent payments.

Your household could qualify if:
1) Individuals in your home qualify for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income; experienced major costs or other financial struggles due to COVID-19
2) Demonstrates a risk of being evicted or losing your home
3) Has a household income at or below 80% of their county median income (see the link below to look up your county limits)

Want to Apply?
Door County residents will contact Lakeshore CAP
https://lakeshorecap.org/ online, or 920-743-0192 by phone

If you are from another county and want to know more about WERA or where to apply in your County, visit WERA's website at https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/WERA.aspx
To check income limits, visit http://homeenergyplus.wi.gov/docview.asp?docid=29003&locid=25

NOTE:  The counties of Brown, Dane, Milwaukee, and Waukesha, as well as the cities of Madison and Milwaukee, are operating their own emergency rental assistance programs and are not participating in the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance program. Interested residents in these areas should appl...

Pandemic EBT 2020-2021: Food Benefits for Students Learning at HomeTo help families in feeding those children, the feder...
03/18/2021
Pandemic EBT 2020-2021: Food Benefits for Students Learning at Home

Pandemic EBT 2020-2021: Food Benefits for Students Learning at Home

To help families in feeding those children, the federal government created the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program that provides benefits for people to buy food if their children are not getting free or reduced-price meals.

School-aged children may be able to get these benefits if they:
*Normally get free or reduced-price meals at a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program* (including Community Eligibility Provision [CEP] schools(link is external)).
*Have learned from home full or part-time during the 2020-2021 school year because the COVID-19 pandemic caused their school to close or operate with reduced attendance or reduced hours for at least five school days in a row.

Note: The 2020-2021 Pandemic EBT program will be different from the 2019-2020 program because of federal rules. Check the FAQs below for more information.

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/forwardhealth-pebt.htm

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03/17/2021
energybenfit.wi.gov

There are still openings available for Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance applications by phone with Door County Health And Human Services.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance provides assistance for heating & electric costs, and energy crisis situations. This household program runs through May 15th for the regular heat/electric benefits, but those facing an energy crisis can apply all year.

To apply online go to https://energybenfit.wi.gov

To apply by phone appointment, call 920-746-7155, option 1

To request a paper application, call 920-746-7155, option 1

03/15/2021
heathcare.gov

Did You Know?

Did you know that you can still apply for health insurance through the Health Care Marketplace (AKA Affordable Care Act Health Insurance)?

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, Department of Health Services opened a special enrollment period from February 15, 2021 through May 15, 2021. Normally, open enrollment is open only in the fall each year. During this special enrollment time, individuals can apply for new coverage or update an existing application.

Additional Did You Know Tip! If you apply through the Marketplace, and it's found you may qualify for Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus, a referral is sent to the state on your behalf. This is an attempt to look at the best health insurance options for you. Also, if you apply for Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus and are found to be over income eligibility limits, a referral is send to the Marketplace on your behalf. This collaboration is done to assist individuals in finding insurance options available.

To apply or review Marketplace Insurance online, visit www.heathcare.gov

To apply by phone call 1-800-318-2596

03/11/2021

Some FoodShare Households Will Receive Additional Benefits for March

Under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is able to provide FoodShare households with the maximum monthly benefit amount based on the number of eligible people in their household if Wisconsin has declared a public health emergency.

Since Wisconsin’s public health emergency remains in effect for March, DHS is able to provide households not currently receiving the maximum benefit amount in March with additional benefits bringing them up to the maximum amount. The additional benefits will be available on QUEST cards on March 21, 2021.
Households already receiving the maximum amount will not receive additional benefits. In addition, the amount households receive may be lower than the maximum amount if they are repaying benefits due to an error.
Households who receive the additional benefits will receive a letter notifying them of the amount.

Additional benefits for months after March will depend on the length of Wisconsin’s public health emergency and approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service

Did You Know?🧐Did you know there is an easy way to see what benefits you might qualify for without having to complete a ...
03/10/2021
ACCESS Wisconsin | Apply for and manage state of Wisconsin benefits

Did You Know?

🧐Did you know there is an easy way to see what benefits you might qualify for without having to complete a full application first? Yes, there is! About 15 years ago, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services launched the "ACCESS" website. This is a place people can apply for and manage their enrollment in Wisconsin's health, nutrition, child care and employment programs.

If you want to see what you may qualify for prior to completing full applications, ACCESS has a tool just for that. The "See if you can qualify" option on the ACCESS home page has just seven easy steps to screen what you might be eligible for. And if you want to apply, it will give you basic program information as well as application instructions.

To check out ACCESS, follow the link below:
https://access.wisconsin.gov/access/

If you’re enrolled in FoodShare, you’ll get more money than usual put on your QUEST card each month starting in January and ending in June. You’ll get this extra money because of a federal law that is meant to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, go to the DHS FoodShare COV...

03/07/2021

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Our posts include information about many state-wide benefits, so feel free to like us even if you are not local to Door County!!🙋‍♀️

United Way of Door County
03/04/2021

United Way of Door County

Thanks to the USDA and Feeding America the Farmers to Families Food Boxes will be in Door County on Friday, March 12th in Sister Bay and Sturgeon Bay, starting at 4pm.

Did You Know?Did you know the Department of Health Services has a program to help fund the purchase of hearing aids? The...
03/03/2021
Telecommunication Assistance Program (TAP)

Did You Know?

Did you know the Department of Health Services has a program to help fund the purchase of hearing aids?

The Department of Health Services (DHS) Telecommunications Assistance Program recently announced the launch of a Hearing Aid Assistance (TAP HAA) option to the TAP program.
TAP HAA is an additional TAP benefit option available to consumers to provide funding towards the purchase of new hearing aids to increase the efficiency and use of telecommunications devices for distance communications by people who are Deaf or severely hard of hearing. TAP HAA can provide up to $250 per hearing aid or $500 per pair of hearing aids per person.

Visit the DHS TAP website for more information. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/odhh/tap.htm

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TAP is an application-based financial assistance program for the purpose of making telecommunications devices and distance communications available to Wisconsin residents who are severely hard of hearing, Deaf, or Deaf-Blind. TAP can assists with paying co-pay costs associated with the Telecommunica...

Resource Tip:Lakeshore CAP has some links to the new Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA), Mortgage Assistance, ...
02/26/2021
Home — Lakeshore CAP

Resource Tip:

Lakeshore CAP has some links to the new Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA), Mortgage Assistance, Property Tax Assistance Program, and other housing resources at their site below:

https://lakeshorecap.org/

To further Lakeshore CAP’s mission and vision, activities fulfill primary needs for qualified households in Manitowoc, Door, Sheboygan & Kewaunee counties.

Some Students Currently Enrolled in Institutions of Higher Learning Now Temporarily Eligible to Participate in Wisconsin...
02/25/2021
Some Students Currently Enrolled in Institutions of Higher Learning Now Temporarily Eligible to Participate in Wisconsin FoodShare

Some Students Currently Enrolled in Institutions of Higher Learning Now Temporarily Eligible to Participate in Wisconsin FoodShare

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/02242021.htm

Wisconsin students who are enrolled at least half time in an institution of higher learning and meet certain criteria can now participate in FoodShare and receive assistance to purchase groceries during the pandemic. The provision loosening federal restrictions on these students was included in the....

Did You Know?Did you that members eligible for Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus can get rides to medical appointments? Non-e...
02/24/2021
Need a Ride? Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

Did You Know?

Did you that members eligible for Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus can get rides to medical appointments? Non-emergency medical transportation is a service provided by these health care benefits.

Additionally, during the COVID-19 public health emergency, BadgerCare Plus and Wisconsin Medicaid members who are eligible for non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services may schedule rides to COVID-19 vaccination appointments with MTM, Inc. (Wisconsin’s NEMT manager) once members have confirmed their appointment. This includes rides scheduled the same day as the appointment.

To schedule a ride, members may call MTM, Inc. at 866-907-1493 (TTY 711). When scheduling their ride, members will be asked to provide their ForwardHealth ID (from their ForwardHealth card) and the address of the vaccination site.

For more information regarding scheduling rides, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services NEMT website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/nemt/index.htm

You may be able to get a ride, bus tickets, or money for gas for your medical appointment if you are enrolled in certain programs.

Did  You Know?Did you know that members of public benefit programs like FoodShare, BadgerCare/Medicaid, Caretaker Supple...
02/15/2021
Reporting Changes for Benefits

Did You Know?

Did you know that members of public benefit programs like FoodShare, BadgerCare/Medicaid, Caretaker Supplement, and Wisconsin Shares Child Care are required to report certain life changes while they are enrolled in these programs?

Once enrolled, members are informed through notices and enrollment guides that during their eligibility periods, they are required to report certain life changes. Common life changes include:
*the member changes where they live
*someone moves into-or out of their home
*they have a change in marital status (such as getting married or divorced)
*the member gets different health insurance
*someone in the home has a change in tax filing status or tax-related deductions
*someone has a new, or ended pregnancy
*certain changes in income

**Please note this list is only examples of common reporting requirements but not a full list. Reporting requirements can be different for each household and depends on various factors. **

If members fail to report these special changes, they may miss out on new benefits OR could also receive benefits they are not eligible for. When a member receive benefits they were not eligible for because they failed to report their required changes, they can be asked to repay the costs of the benefits they received when not eligible for them. Members are strongly encouraged to monitor their benefits and read each notice that is sent as they include important benefit information as well as reminders of their reporting requirements.

There are various options given to members who need to report their changes and members are informed of their reporting rules and how to report changes in each notice of benefits they receive. They can call their income maintenance agency (or tribal agency), report through their ACCESS accounts, or send in information via fax and mail.

If you are an Authorized Representative, Guardian, or Power of Attorney for a member, please remember to assist in reporting changes on behalf of the member.

For more information on change reporting, visit the linkhttps://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forwardhealth/change-report.htm#:~:text=Online%3A%20Go%20to%20access.wi,income%20maintenance%20or%20tribal%20agency.

You must report certain changes based on the BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, FoodShare, Caretaker Supplement, and/or Family Planning Only Services benefits you are getting. The types of changes you must report are listed in the letters you get about your benefits. Changes can be reported in the following...

United Way of Door County
02/11/2021

United Way of Door County

Just a friendly reminder that there is a Farmers to Families Food Box event on Friday, February 12th in Sturgeon Bay at 4:30pm. We have received word that there will be over 600 boxes of food available for distribution.

Did You Know?Do you know where to start looking when in need of specific help? There are so many resources out there, bu...
02/10/2021
Find Local Support - Wisconsin Resource Center | Well Badger

Did You Know?

Do you know where to start looking when in need of specific help? There are so many resources out there, but knowing where to look can be overwhelming. Here are two places that are a great starting point:

Well Badger Resource Center-This is a one-stop, no-cost connection source to community, social, health and government programs. This directory is managed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
To reach Well Badger, call 1-800-642-7837 or visit their website to search resources online: https://www.wellbadger.org/s/?language=en_US

Another resource is 211 through United Way--211 offers trained specialists who will connect you to services and resources available near you. Their resource information ranges from food, shelter, transportation, emergency information, health services, rehabilitation programs and more. 211 can help you get connected. Just dial 2-1-1 from your phone. They are available 24/7. You can also visit their site online and search services at https://211wisconsin.communityos.org/

Are you a resource provider? You too can get in touch with Well Badger and 211 to add your resource information to their directories and ensure those who are looking can find you.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
02/08/2021

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

If you are currently receiving unemployment benefits, there is no additional action you need to take beyond filing your weekly claims to receive the additional $300 weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments, as long as you remain eligible for unemployment. For more information on FPUC, visit https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/fpuc/

Address

421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI
54235

Government Center, 2nd Floor

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(920) 746-7155

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What We Do

County agencies that provide eligibilty services for programs such as FoodShare, BadgerCare, Medicaid and Wisconsin Shares Child Care are often called income maintenance or economic support agencies. All Wisconsin county or tribal agencies have divided to form 11 consortium in the state. Door County is part of the Bay Lake Consortium (along with Marinette, Oconto, Shawano and Brown Counties). Each consortium has its own call center to help with eligibility services (helping you apply or renew your benefits, provide information, and process changes). To apply for benefits, ask questions, or report changes, you can call the Bay Lake Consortium at 1-888-794-5747. You can also go to our office in person during regular office hours. The office location has a phone, fax and computer in the lobby for benefit purposes. The phone can be used to call the call center. The computer can be used to check your benefits, or apply through the ACCESS.WI.GOV website. In the lobby you can also access applications, pamphlets and front desk staff to help with basic questions.

Door County Economic Support also houses the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP). This program provides assistance for heat and electric costs and energy crisis assistance. The heat and electric benefit is a one-time seasonal benefit that pays a portion of your energy costs. Applications for the seasonal benefit are taken during the “heating season” between October 1st to May 15th. Crisis assistance is available year round and can assist if you have no heat, have received a disconnect notice, are out or nearly out of fuel and unable to purchase more, or in need of counceling on budgeting/money management to avoid heat/energy crisis. Contact the 746-7155 office number for more information.