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

11/05/2020
Door County Toys For Kids

Door County Toys For Kids

With safety being our top priority, we have decided to change the Door County Toys For Kids registration. We are going 100% contactless. Registration will go as followed. You will be given a phone number to a volunteer to contact and they will take down all your info over the phone. On the day of distribution you will need to show your photo ID, proof of Door County residency and proof of children's date of birth.

Last names A-G
Contact Volunteer Jaci Baermann (920)495-5224
Last names H-N
Contact Volunteer Jamie Kerscher (920)559-0835
Last names O-Z
Contact Volunteer Chas Hartl (920)495-6902
(if you require a translator please have them contact our volunteers)

Times to call
November 16th-20th between 4:30pm-7:00pm
November 30th-December 4th between 4:30pm-7:00pm

Distribution
December 12th Everyone will receive a time slot after registration is complete. Distribution will have 2 options this year, which will be subject to change given the uncertainties of the ongoing pandemic. In person shopping or curbside. CURBSIDE WILL GET PRIORITY! We are asking everyone to give us a detailed wish list for each child to help our volunteers pick out the very best toys for them.

United Way of Door County
11/05/2020

United Way of Door County

What is quality child care and how does it impact a community?
Share your thoughts during the child care town hall meeting on Tuesday, Nov 10th, 6-7pm.

Our speakers will be Alexis Fuller and Bridgett Starr from the Door Community Child Development Center. The meeting will include plenty of group discussion and Q&A.

Join us on Zoom. Meeting ID: 811 6489 6003 Passcode: 349916

United Way of Door County
10/18/2020

United Way of Door County

Farmers to Families Food Boxes in Sister Bay on October 21st!

Wisconsin Adopts Policy that Suspends Rather than Terminates Medicaid Coverage for Incarcerated Individualshttps://www.d...
10/16/2020
Wisconsin Adopts Policy that Suspends Rather than Terminates Medicaid Coverage for Incarcerated Individuals

Wisconsin Adopts Policy that Suspends Rather than Terminates Medicaid Coverage for Incarcerated Individuals

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/101620.htm

Beginning October 24, 2020, Medicaid members that are incarcerated will have their health care benefits suspended and then re-evaluated before they are released from jail or prison. Previously, Medicaid members who became incarcerated had their coverage terminated, which then often delayed their acc...

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program Began October 1st:Your household may be eligible to receive a payment toward el...
10/15/2020
Home Energy +

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program Began October 1st:

Your household may be eligible to receive a payment toward electric and/or heating utility costs through a one-time payment toward your utility bill.

If you wish to apply for the 2020-2021 heat/electric benefit, please call 746-7155 (Option 1) to get a paper application. If you require an appointment or are unable to fill out a paper application, phone appointment options are available.

✨NEW: You can also apply online via https://energybenefit.wi.gov/

To learn more about the program, visit http://homeenergyplus.wi.gov

Home Energy + World Wide Web Site

10/15/2020

Android System Requirement for MyACCESS Changing October 24
As of October 24, 2020, the Android system requirement for the MyACCESS mobile app is changing.

Users with an Android device will need to have at least Android version 7.0, instead of Android version 6.0, to use MyACCESS. This change is being made to keep MyACCESS current and to provide the best possible user experience.
Users with an Android device are encouraged to check that their device has at least Android version 7.0 and to update their operating system if not. Operating system information can be found under their device settings.
Starting October 24, if users with Android version 6.0 try to upgrade or download MyACCESS, they will receive a message in Google Play about their device not being compatible, and they will be unable to use or download the app.
The iPhone system requirement for MyACCESS will remain the same. Users with an iPhone must have iOS version 10.0 and up to use MyACCESS.

About MyACCESS
MyACCESS is a free mobile app that helps people manage their benefits from their smartphone. With the MyACCESS mobile app, people are able to:
• See a high-level overview of the programs they are enrolled in.
• Receive reminders of actions they need to take or proof they need to submit.
• Take photos of and submit proof.
• Check the real-time status of submitted documents.

To find this free app, go to the App Store or Google Play and search for "MyACCESS Wisconsin".

United Way of Door County
10/14/2020

United Way of Door County

ALICE has to make tough decisions everyday.

More Than 205,000 Wisconsin Households to Receive Additional October FoodShare Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic...
10/13/2020
More Than 205,000 Wisconsin Households to Receive Additional October FoodShare Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

More Than 205,000 Wisconsin Households to Receive Additional October FoodShare Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/101320.htm

The public health emergency declared by Governor Tony Evers on September 22 enables the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to once again provide additional FoodShare benefits to eligible households. These benefits will help those Wisconsin families with the costs of food for October. Also...

United Way of Door County
10/12/2020

United Way of Door County

This Wednesday the 14th in Sturgeon Bay. We asked for enough for 600 households.

United Way of Door County
10/10/2020

United Way of Door County

We are kicking off our series of "town hall meetings" on child care on Tuesday, October 13th at 6pm on Zoom. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information contact Christina at 920-746-9645 or [email protected]. Our first guest speaker is Steve Jenkins from Door County Economic Development Corp.

United Way of Door County
10/03/2020

United Way of Door County

GREAT NEWS! The Farmers to Families Food Boxes are back for October. October 14th in Sturgeon Bay and October 21st in Sister Bay.

Sharing:
09/24/2020

Sharing:

Thank you to the Boys & Girls Club of Door County for this opportunity!

Meals opportunity from the YMCA:
09/23/2020

Meals opportunity from the YMCA:

United Way of Door County
09/22/2020

United Way of Door County

It is doubtful that we will be distributing anymore Farmers to Families food boxes this year. If you are in need of food please visit www.feeddoorcounty.org or call 2-1-1 or visit any one of the local pantries on this list.

Be Aware of a Text Messaging Scam Targeting FoodShare Members and ApplicantsThe Wisconsin Department of Health Services ...
09/18/2020
ebtEDGE | FIS Global

Be Aware of a Text Messaging Scam Targeting FoodShare Members and Applicants

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service have become aware of a text messaging scam targeting FoodShare members.
The text might say, “You were chosen to receive food stamps or SNAP.”
FoodShare members and applicants should never share personal information with individuals or organizations they do not know. Personal information includes a Social Security number, bank information, or QUEST card number and PIN.
If members or applicants receive a text message that they think is a scam, they should not reply to it. Instead, they should delete it. If they are unsure if a request for information is valid, they should contact their income maintenance or tribal agency.
As a reminder, DHS recommends using the ACCESS website to apply for benefits and the ACCESS website or MyACCESS app to manage benefits. The ebtEDGE mobile app can also be used to view FoodShare account information.

https://www.ebtedgemobile.com/

The ebtEDGE app for iOS and Android allows you to check your balances, review your transaction history and view your benefits schedule all in one place. Learn more.

Some FoodShare Households Will Receive Additional Benefits for SeptemberUnder the federal Families First Coronavirus Res...
09/04/2020
COVID-19: Updates for FoodShare and Other Food Benefits

Some FoodShare Households Will Receive Additional Benefits for September

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, DHS is able to provide households not currently receiving the maximum benefit amount in September with additional benefits bringing them up to the maximum amount. The additional benefits will be available on QUEST cards on September 20.

Members are not required to do anything and will get a letter notifying them of the additional benefits they will receive.

If a household was already receiving the max benefit for their household size, they will not see any change or additional benefit on 9/20/20 (as they already get the max).

Additional benefits for months after September will depend on the length of Wisconsin’s public health emergency

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/forwardhealth-foodshare.htm
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This page provides information on temporary food benefits for children who usually get free or reduced price schools meals, additional benefits for FoodShare members, ordering and paying for food online with QUEST or P-EBT cards, and FoodShare interviews.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance ProgramYour household may be eligible to receive a payment for electric and/or heating ...
09/01/2020
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Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program

Your household may be eligible to receive a payment for electric and/or heating utility costs through a one-time payment toward your utility bill. This year, due to COVID-19, the 2019-2020 "heating season" has been extended to allow applications through 9/30/2020.

If you haven't applied yet for the 2019-2020 heating season that began 10/1/2019, you still have some time remaining.

If you have already applied for the regular heating season benefit, you do not need to apply again until the new heating season begins (10/1/2020). However, you may be eligible for crisis services if your household is at risk or disconnected from heat or electric services. Please call the agency to review crisis options.

If you wish to apply for the 2019-2020 heat/electric benefit, please call 746-7155 to get a paper application. If you require an appointment or are unable to fill out a paper application, phone appointment options are available.
✨NEW: You can also apply online via https://energybenefit.wi.gov/

To learn more about the program, visit http://homeenergyplus.wi.gov

Did you use your FoodShare to purchased tokens for the Farm & Craft Market in Sturgeon Bay? If so, please make sure to u...
08/19/2020
Where Can I Use SNAP EBT? | USDA-FNS

Did you use your FoodShare to purchased tokens for the Farm & Craft Market in Sturgeon Bay? If so, please make sure to use them up before the end of the market season which is 10/17/2020. This particular market has made the decision this will be the final year they will accept FoodShare.

Watch for SNAP EBT signs at other markets to know if they will accept FoodShare for purchases. Or use the locator below to search for EBT approved retailers based by locations: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailer-locator

The .gov means it’s official.Federal government websites always use a .gov or .mil domain. Before sharing sensitive information online, make sure you’re on a .gov or .mil site by inspecting your browser’s address (or “location”) bar.

08/14/2020
MyACCESS Mobile App

MyACCESS mobile app has been available for almost a year now. If you haven't heard of it, this app is available to members and allows you to apply, check your benefits and submit documents. Watch this video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuTQQE3G524

With the MyACCESS mobile app, you can connect to your benefits anywhere, anytime.

Some FoodShare Households Will Get Additional Benefits for July and August:Under the federal Families First Coronavirus ...
08/12/2020
COVID-19: Updates for FoodShare and Other Food Benefits

Some FoodShare Households Will Get Additional Benefits for July and August:
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 has declared another public health emergency, DHS is able to provide households not currently receiving the maximum benefit amount in July and August with additional benefits bringing them up to the maximum amount. The additional July benefits will be available on QUEST cards on August 9, and the additional August benefits will be available on QUEST cards on August 23.
Households already receiving the maximum amount will not receive additional benefits. The amount households receive may be impacted if they are repaying benefits due to an error.
Households who receive the additional benefits will receive a letter notifying them of the amount. Partners can also share a flyer with members to make them aware of the additional benefits.
DHS will be checking in September that all households eligible for the July and August benefits received them. As a result, some households may receive benefits for those months in September.
Additional benefits for months after August will depend on the length of Wisconsin’s public health emergency

Information provided by Wisconsin Department of Health Services
For additional COVID-19 updates for FoodShare and other food benefits, visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/forwardhealth-foodshare.htm

This page provides information on temporary food benefits for children who usually get free or reduced price schools meals, additional benefits for FoodShare members, and ordering and paying for food online with QUEST or P-EBT cards.

United Way of Door County
08/12/2020

United Way of Door County

Wednesday, August 12th in Sister Bay!

United Way of Door County
08/05/2020

United Way of Door County

VOLUNTEERS NEEDEED. We need 7 - 10 more volunteers to help with the Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution on August 5th in Sturgeon Bay. Please use this link to volunteer. Follow this link: https://doorcountyfirechie.wixsite.com/doorcountysupport

Go down to the “ Volunteer with us “ section – follow the link that is there just after the phone number and complete the application the link takes you to.

Complete the application form.

The Fire Chiefs Coalition will then approve the application and send a welcome email with instructions to follow that will allow you to complete and finalize your account.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
07/20/2020

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

We recently awarded a $32,000 grant to the Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline that allows operators to check-up on callers several times to ensure they made a connection to sources of support, part of our ongoing effort to support people with substance use disorders during the #COVID19 pandemic. If you need help, it's there: 211wisconsin.communityos.org/addiction-helpline

United Way of Door County
07/19/2020

United Way of Door County

Farmers to Families Food Boxes in Sister Bay on Wednesday, July 22nd. There will be food for about 175 households, first come first served.

Door County Children of Hope
07/17/2020

Door County Children of Hope

DCCH Prospectus

United Way of Door County
07/12/2020

United Way of Door County

The next Farmers to Families Food Box Event is Wednesday, July 15th in Sturgeon Bay. Please note the line up time on the flyer. Also, we are using a semi this time and will have enough food for 450 - 500 households rather than the 190 last time.

07/09/2020
Wisconsin Home Energy Plus Program

Home Energy Plus helps qualified Wisconsin residents reduce energy use and costs through three offerings—the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP), the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and the Home Energy Plus Furnace Program. These offerings are available statewide and are funded by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources (DEHCR). Door County residents who would like to learn more or apply should contact Door County Health and Human Services by calling 920-746-7155

https://www.youtube.com/embed/DkAy5kQse74

Home Energy Plus helps qualifying Wisconsin residents with utility bill pay assistance, weatherization upgrades, and emergency furance repair and replacement...

There has been a common question in regards to members FoodShare Benefits this month. Many are wondering if they will se...
06/26/2020
COVID-19: Updates for FoodShare and Other Food Benefits

There has been a common question in regards to members FoodShare Benefits this month. Many are wondering if they will see a benefit increase for June. If you are enrolled in FoodShare, you may have gotten additional FoodShare benefits for March, April and May 2020. This was to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because Wisconsin's public health emergency was ended, federal law says the state cannot continue the additional benefits. Therefore, starting this month of June, you will get the normal monthly benefits you are eligible for and will not see any increase.

For more detailed, case specific information, please call the Bay Lake Consortium to review your case at 1-888-794-5747

You can also find more information on the Department of Health services website. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/forwardhealth-foodshare.htm

This page provides information on temporary food benefits for children who usually get free or reduced price schools meals, additional benefits for FoodShare members, ordering and paying for food online with QUEST or P-EBT cards, and interviews for FoodShare applicants.

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.