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$47 million in CARES Act money to be used to help Wisconsin residents amid pandemic

Posted at 4:34 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 17:34:52-04

MADIOSN — Gov. Tony Evers announced that another $47 million in CARES Act money will be used to help Wisconsin residents deal with issues brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

The money will be used to help residents across the state with child care, healthcare navigators and energy and rental assistance, the governor's office said Monday.

"The investment announced today will provide critically important assistance for Wisconsinites as we continue to encourage folks to stay home as much as possible," Evers said in a news release.

The money will be dispersed as follows:

  • $10 million will be used to fund the Out-of-School Support Grant Program, which helps Wisconsin organizations that are providing care to school-aged kids during the pandemic. The program provides eligible organizations with grant awards. The money can be used to cover pandemic-related issues such as lost revenue, increased staffing costs, cleaning and sanitization.
  • $10 million will be sent to the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program. The governor's office says WRAP has helped nearly 10,000 households as of Oct. 5.
  • $10 million will go toward the Food Security Initiative.
  • $15 million will go towards Wisconsin’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps residents with their heating costs.
  • $1 million will go to the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund, a non-profit that provides a safety net to people facing energy-related emergencies.
  • $1 million will go to the statewide health insurance navigator organization, which helps residents purchase health insurance on the federal marketplace, or to enroll in BadgerCare.

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