Wisconsin Resources

To find out about key benefits and services in Wisconsin and how to apply, select from the topics below.

Key State Contacts

Bojana Zorić Martinez

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Savitri J. Tsering

Phone: (608) 422-6269

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Wisconsin Resettlement Agencies

Address: 1825 Riverside Drive Green Bay, WI 54301

Phone: (920) 272-8234

Address: 1110 North Old World Third Street, Suite 420 Milwaukee, WI 53203

Phone: (414) 225-6220

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Address: 6434 Enterprise Lane Madison, WI 53719

Phone: (608) 442-4081

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Address: 3974 S. Howell Ave, Suite 2 Milwaukee, WI  53207

Phone: (414) 246-2517

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Address: 300 N 3rd St Suite 212 Wausau, WI 54403

Phone: (715) 907-7082

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Address: 3927 S Howell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Phone: (414) 800-4168

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Address: 510 E Wisconsin Ave Appleton, WI  54911

Phone: (920) 231-3600

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Address: 807 Forest Ave, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085 

Phone: 920-783-6701 

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Address: 221 W Madison Street, Suite 107, Eau Claire, WI 54703 

Phone: 920-231-3600

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Cash & Food Assistance

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five; WIC can be applied for in person by visiting a local WIC clinic.

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A federal program supporting participants to attain self-sufficiency within 240 days (8 months) of arrival in the United States through financial, case management, and employment supports

A program that provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have income and resources below specific financial limits. SSI payments are also made to people age 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial qualifications.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that provides food assistance to those with low incomes. The food is distributed through local agencies, such as: 

– Food pantries: This is a place where a person can get food to take home and prepare at no cost. 

– Prepared meal sites: This is a place where a person can go and eat a prepared meal at no cost, such as a soup kitchen or emergency shelter. Those who seek meals at food kitchens and shelters do not need to meet income guidelines.

There are many services offered by your Wisconsin Works agency in addition to cash assistance to meet your interests and needs. Some services are: 

– Help finding career interests

– Job matching

– Resume and interview skill growth

– Onsite work training

– High school or technical college education courses 

– A connection to FoodShare and other assistance programs

– Help applying for SSI/SSDI

Find your local W-2 office

Refugee & Newcomer Health

  • Wisconsin’s Refugee Health Programs

Through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Wisconsin supports Refugee Medical Screening (RMS) of all new refugees and Refugee Health Promotion.   

All incoming refugees are to go through RMS. RMS is a thorough physical exam that includes comprehensive communicable disease screening, updating vaccines, oral, nutritional and mental health assessments.  It ensures follow-up of medical issues, identifies personal health conditions, and refers refugees to a primary care provider for ongoing care: Center for Disease Control and Prevention protocol for providing Refugee Medical Screening 

RMS appointments should be scheduled, if possible, within 30 days of arrival. 

Please communicate with the State Refugee Health Coordinator prior to scheduling this appointment. 

Refugee Health Promotion supports refugees in developing an understanding of the U.S. health care system and build health and mental health understanding.  It can be offered on a one-on-one basis as well as through group activities. 

  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)

You can always recommend any FQHC in WI and it is important that your PSGs name that they are NOT from a WI resettlement sites but Welcome Corps. In general, all FQHCs can do RMS and many do work with us.  RMS is a billable service to Medicaid.   Any clinic can do it.  FQHCs are more familiar.  We (SRC and SRHC) have spoken to their statewide network about Welcome Corps.  Many of the required elements that they need to do for new patient exams include what is in an RMS.  It is a bit more cumbersome to work with a regular clinic as they are a little less flexible.  FQHCs are great, their capacity can be stretched but they in general are a good partner for RMS.

Find a community health center

Applying for health-related benefits is a crucial first step in welcoming all refugees.  The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has information that can help you identify which Income Maintenance (IM) office you need to go for Medicaid application. All IM offices have been provided with the information needed to process applications for MA and FoodShare benefits for refugees. 

Income Maintenance (IM) offices can assist in applications for: 

– Medicaid

– FoodShare

– Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 

If the refugee does not qualify for Medicaid, then they can apply for Refugee Medical Assistance from their local Wisconsin Works (W2) agency.

Assistance with Housing Costs

HUD’s Office of Field Policy and Management is committed to supporting new Americans such as refugees and other newcomer populations find safe, permanent, and affordable housing by providing access to housing counseling and sharing important resources regarding HUD programs and services. Assisting these communities is essential to realizing HUD’s mission of creating “strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.” 

Housing Counseling

  • HUD Housing Counseling

HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country to provide free or low-cost advice.

Call 800-569-4287

Employment

USCIS has released this webpage as a Quick Guide to Support the Afghan Workforce and help employers understand what documentation they should accept for folks who are approved for re- or extension of parole. Updated guidance and factsheets from DOJ’s Immigrant and Employee Rights (IER) Section are forthcoming.

The Matching Grant program helps refugees and other ORR-eligible populations overcome barriers and quickly find jobs. The intent is for refugees to become economically self-sufficient through employment within 240 days and without accessing cash assistance programs.

Welcome Corps

Report cases of fraud (for example, individuals asking for money in exchange for becoming a private sponsor or to assist in submitting an application)

Services to Older Refugees

Helps the elderly in Milwaukee area who are in need of additional services. Those who qualify are: 

– Age 60 or older

– Admitted to the United States under an eligible status 

– Have not yet obtained citizenship