The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) welcomes the passage of a $900 billion coronavirus stimulus package, signed into law by President Trump on December 27, 2020. Among many important items, the stimulus package includes funding for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, extension of the eviction moratorium, and emergency relief funds. These funds include critical rental, childcare, and food assistance.
“It is a relief that a second stimulus package has finally passed” Brad Paul, WISCAP Executive Director stated, “the extension of the eviction moratorium and the millions of dollars in rental assistance, combined with an extension of unemployment insurance will make a critical difference for thousands of Wisconsin households.”
When delivered effectively, rental assistance helps stabilize vulnerable households and prevent eviction and homelessness. From June through November 2020, WISCAP’s statewide network of Community Action Agencies played a critical role in the distribution of over $28 million dollars of CARES Act funding under the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP). The program ultimately served over 14,000 Wisconsin households and assisted people in every county in the state.
“While the $600 direct payments included in the stimulus package fall short of many individual and family needs, extending unemployment, expanding broadband, increasing food assistance, and securing the eviction moratorium will buy critical time needed to get supports and services in place to prevent further suffering and economic dislocation in Wisconsin.” Paul stated.
About WISCAP: The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) is the statewide association for Wisconsin’s sixteen (16) Community Action agencies and two single-purpose agencies with statewide focus. You can learn more about WISCAP at wiscap.org