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COVID-19 Response

Human Services

This is a collection of resources to help individuals and families deal with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some services are provided through the Dane County Human Services Department, through state and federal programs. Other services are organized by community organizations. Regardless of who operates the program, our focus is on getting you the resources you need.

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Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance is a one-time payment to help low-income parents pay an emergency housing or utility-related expense.

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School District Meals

Some School Districts in Dane County are providing free meals for children under 18 at several locations, Monday through Friday

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Community Food Resources

Several Community Partners are offering food resources at several locations around Dane County.

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Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program

WIC Program works to improve the health of women, infants and children who may be nutritionally at risk by providing healthy foods, health information, and referrals to health care.

The WIC Program provides:

  • Education about nutrition
  • Education and support for breastfeeding
  • Healthy foods to supplement your diet
  • Referral to other services

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FoodShare, BadgerCare/Medicaid, and Child Care
  • FoodShare provides people with money to buy the food they need.
  • BadgerCare/Medicaid are programs to provide health care coverage to certain groups of Wisconsin residents.
  • Wisconsin Shares (Child Care Subsidy Program) supports low-income working families by subsidizing a portion of the cost of quality child care so parents may work, go to school, or participate in approved training programs.
  • For eligibility in all of these programs visit: or call 1 (888) 794-5556.
W2 (Wisconsin Works)

W-2 is a program that provides employment preparation services, case management, and cash assistance to eligible families.

To determine if you are eligible, call the W-2 Eligibility Call Center: 1-855-733-1311

United Way 2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 provides a free and confidential service that helps find the local resources they need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Dial 2-1-1 on your phone or visit:

Mental Health Services
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Housing Assistance
  • Homeless Services Consortium, City of Madison, and Dane County are coordinating efforts to provide services to homeless individuals during the pandemic.
  • Tenant Resource Center promotes positive relations between housing tenants and landlords and has information and resources for renters during the pandemic.
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