COVID-19 Financial Resources
If you are experiencing financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, look over the links to government websites below to see what assistance might be available. We will be adding additional information as new policies and resources are put into place.
Do I qualify for unemployment benefits? – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Coronavirus and Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits. This site covers who and when a person may be eligible for unemployment benefits during the pandemic. (If you are outside the State of Wisconsin, you can find links to other state’s workforce websites here.)
Am I eligible for any public health insurance or food assistance? – If your income has dropped or stopped, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has information on government assistance programs to help with health insurance, food, and other needed resources. This website has eligibility information, a list of needed information, and a link to apply for benefits.
What if I can’t make my tax payment? – The Internal Revenue Service has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.
What can my small business do when our sales have dropped or stopped? – The Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
What if I can’t make my federal student loan payment? – The U.S. Department of Education has information and links on repaying student loans and what to do if you’re unable to make your loan payments. The White House did announce that a program would be put in place to ‘pause’ the interest on federal loans to support impacted student borrowers though it’s unclear how and when that option will be available.
What if I can’t make my mortgage payment or my car loan? – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides tips and resources for working with creditors. As you plan for the potential impact of the coronavirus, there are a number of steps that you can take to help protect yourself or a loved one financially, both in the short and long term.
Where can I find more information on the virus? – This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has information on minimizing your exposure to the virus, what to do if you think you may have the virus, and links to community resources.
USA.GOV – For answers to other questions, find a complete list of government agency resources related to COVID-19, including Health and Human Service updates and a link to the Federal Trade Commission’s website tracking scams related to the virus.
Preventing price gouging on consumer goods – This DATCP site details how Governor Evers’s Executive Order #72 seeks to prevent skyrocketing prices on high-demand consumer goods during the coronavirus pandemic.