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

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.

06/23/2020
United Way of Door County
06/18/2020

United Way of Door County

We are partnering with Farmers to Families to bring food to Door County. June 19th - 5pm to 7pm - Sister Bay Baptist Church (next to North Shore Bank).

More Wisconsin households will be able to get food through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP} since income th...
06/09/2020
More Wisconsin Residents Can Now Qualify for Food Assistance

More Wisconsin households will be able to get food through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP} since income thresholds were raised. Households with income below the 300% FPL are now eligible to receive a monthly food benefit from a TEFAP food pantry. Each county has at least one TEFAP food pantry. If you want to find a TEFAP pantry near you, call 2-1-1 (the statewide resource hotline) to get pantry information.

“Good nutrition is foundational, and we want to help ensure families in need of assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic have access,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “

To read the full DHS news release, follow the link below:
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/060820.htm

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today more households will now be able to get food through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

Governor Tony Evers
05/27/2020

Governor Tony Evers

Last week we announced the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP) for Wisconsinites who have experienced income loss due to COVID-19.

Contact the WI Community Action Program Association agency in your area to see if you are eligible for WRAP & other assistance programs. List of agencies here: http://bit.ly/2XnoxCY

05/21/2020

People Receiving FoodShare or Pandemic EBT Benefits Can Now Order and Purchase Food Online Using Their QUEST or P-EBT Card starting May 21, 2020. At this time, the Food and Nutrition Service has only authorized Amazon’s and Walmart’s websites for online payments in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will support Wisconsin-based retailers as they work with the Food and Nutrition Service to become authorized in Wisconsin.

When purchasing food on Amazon’s and Walmart’s websites, people will be able to choose an EBT card payment option and enter their card details. They will be asked to enter their card PIN each time they check out.
People can only use their QUEST or P-EBT card to purchase eligible food. If they are ordering other items at the same time, they will be asked to enter another form of payment to purchase those items.

If people experience an issue while making an online purchase with their QUEST or P-EBT card, they should first check that they have a balance on their card by going to the ebtEDGE website, using the ebtEDGE mobile app, or calling QUEST Card Service at 877-415-5164. If they have a balance, they should contact Amazon or Walmart customer service for assistance.

United Way of Door County
05/21/2020

United Way of Door County

More information on the new rental assistance program available though Lakeshore Cap, funded by the Door County Emergency Response Fund, that we run in collaboration with Door County Community Foundation.

Sharing this helpful information regarding insurance options
05/20/2020

Sharing this helpful information regarding insurance options

Health Insurance Options for the Uninsured in Wisconsin

On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce announced it has received nearly 480,000 unemployment applications since March 15. That's equivalent to six Lambeau Fields filled to capacity. So, if you're unemployed, you are not alone.

The recent increase in unemployment has also caused many people to lose their health insurance. A helpful summary of health insurance options for the uninsured in Wisconsin was recently put together by Kids Forward (www.kidsforward.org). Check it out and share with others.

http://kidsforward.org/assets/April2020_Insurance-options-infographic.pdf?link_id=3&can_id=c79298599626d6c4b344aaad4b65b3de&source=email-health-insurance-and-the-pandemic&email_referrer=email_790845&email_subject=health-insurance-and-the-pandemic

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
05/12/2020

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

UPDATE on FPUC Back Payments: All FPUC back payments were completed overnight on Friday, May 8, for all eligible claimants and should show up in the claims portal under benefit payment history.

Going forward with Week 18, your benefits will be combined and will look like this image. To find this in your claims portal click "Benefits Payment History," then the week (ex: 14/20).

For Immediate Release5/1/2020Contact: Cori McFarlane, Door County Dept. of Health & Human Services                 cmcfa...
05/04/2020
Door County Coronavirus Information

For Immediate Release
5/1/2020
Contact: Cori McFarlane, Door County Dept. of Health & Human Services
[email protected]; 92-746-7155

May is Mental Health Month, and it has never been more important than this year. Awareness of mental health and wellness is not just for the one in five people with a mental health concern in any given year. As we all try to grapple with the impact of the coronavirus on our daily lives, all of us are experiencing some degree of isolation, loneliness, stress and anxiety.
In years past, the Mental Health Focus Group of Door County has typically hosted a community event featuring a speaker or film discussion highlighting a mental health topic in May. This year, despite the need to practice social distancing, the group has come up with some other great activities to get the community involved and to shine a light on mental health.
 Thursday, May 7 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. We’re calling all youngsters – and the young at heart – to “Chalk It Up to End Stigma!” Let’s color our neighborhood driveways and sidewalks with positive messages about mental wellness, words of thanks for the helpers among us, and cheerful pictures to instill hope and joy in the midst of loneliness. We encourage you to send a photo of your chalk creation to [email protected], with subject line “chalk drawings”, and we may post it at #Door County Mental Wellness. Creativity supports mental wellness!

 Friday, May 15 at 6:00, join us for a community-wide Front Porch Gathering to remind us “We’re All in This Together”. Turn your porch light on in support of mental health, and gather in front of your homes to safely connect with your neighbors. Connections support mental wellness!

 The week of May 17-23, make cards and write letters to individuals isolated in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, or a senior citizen feeling lonely at home.* Supporting others supports mental wellness!

 The week of May 24-30, write heartfelt thank you notes to our selfless health care workers and first responders.* Gratitude supports mental wellness!
* Mail cards and letters directly to individuals or facilities, or send to or drop off at the Door County Aging and Disability Resource Center, 916 N. 14th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, and we’ll help with delivery. [If dropping off at the ADRC, please call ahead (920-746-2372) to be sure someone is available to meet you at the door.]
If you or someone you know needs some extra support during this time, there are resources available.
The Door County Emergency Support Coalition (DCESC) has implemented the Mental and Emotional Support Helpline (MESH), comprised of volunteers with experience in human services, counseling or social work, is available to reach out to those who request NON-EMERGENCY assistance and support with anxiety, loneliness, isolation, fear, grief, and other emotional responses to the COVID-19 crisis. MESH volunteers are available most days from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 pm. To request mental and emotional support for COVID-19 and other available resources, contact DCESC at https://doorcountypulse.com/tag/covid-19 or call 920-421-9111 for Northern Door or 920-746-6927 for Central and Southern Door.
The Department of Health and Human Services also offers supportive contacts, as well as information and referrals, ongoing counseling, and case management supports for those who need it. Call 920-746-7155 to access these services. For 24/7 help in a mental health crisis, call 920-746-2588.
The tools each of us uses to keep us mentally healthy will be unique. But the Mental Health Focus Group of Door County and Mental Health America want everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is possible. Finding what works for you may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes.

For more information, visit “Door County Mental Wellness” on Facebook, or Mental Health America at www.mhanational.org/may, #Tools2Thrive.

Informaiton and resources for Door County residents and visitors about COVID-19.

05/01/2020
Wisconsin Department of Health Services

 FoodShare applicants may not need to do an interview

If you are applying for FoodShare, make sure you give us as much information as possible. If we have all the information necessary to process your application, then you may not need to do an interview with your agency before you can get benefits. This applies for both April and May 2020. If you do not provide all the necessary information, your agency will contact you for more information.

This information is shared from DHS.WISCONSIN.GOV/COVID-19/forwardhealth

GET THE LATEST ON COVID-19 — www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/ SAFER AT HOME AND BADGER BOUNCE BACK PLAN — www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/prepare.htm PUBLIC MEETINGS — during a public health emergency

Families will get temporary food benefits in place of free or reduced price school mealsDue to school closures as a resu...
05/01/2020
Wisconsin to Provide Temporary Food Benefits for Children Missing School Meals

Families will get temporary food benefits in place of free or reduced price school meals

Due to school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, families with a child or children who usually get free or reduced price school meals will get temporary food benefits in place of the school meals. These benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.
The benefits will be given out at different times based on the information we have. If we do not have your information, you may need to apply for the benefits. You will be notified if you need to apply for the benefits. YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE ANY ACTION AT THIS TIME.
DHS is reaching out to families eligible for the program through direct messaging and mailed letters to let them know how to access their funds. For families that are already part of benefit programs with the state, the funds will be placed on their QUEST cards or a dedicated P-EBT card. Families not currently participating in state benefit programs that are eligible will need to apply separately. DHS is partnering with the Department of Public Instruction to spread the word to those families.

To read the full DHS release:

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/042920.htm

In a COVID-free world, more than 400,000 Wisconsin children receive free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program while attending school.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
05/01/2020

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Wondering which unemployment program may fit for you? We've created a helpful decision chart here:https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/publications/ui/pua-18786-p.pdf

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
04/30/2020

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

This week and next, back payments for federal stimulus dollars from the FPUC program (Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, the $600 weekly benefit) will be issued to eligible claimants with eligible weeks dating back to the week ending April 4, 2020.

With weekly claims going forward from today, the FPUC benefit will show up in your claims portal as an additional line item as seen here.

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.