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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.

Apply For Unemployment
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, visit or 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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Job Center
  • Information and applications continue to be taken over the phone and online as described above.  This continues to be our most efficient way to serve you.  The lobby of the Job Center is now open to the public.  
  • Visitors to the Job Center are required to enter at 1901 Aberg Avenue (green flag), wear a mask or cloth face covering and asked to follow marked signage related to movement through the space. A mask will be provided if needed. As we maintain social distancing practices, we are limiting the number of visitors in the building and you may be asked to wait outside the Job Center until it is your turn to enter.

Partner Agencies - Currently Not Open:

  • Housing Helpdesk:  Please contact (608) 826-8093
  • DVR:  Please contact (608) 261-0050
  • FSET:  Please contact (608) 440-2239
  • Covering WI:  For marketplace assistance please contact (608) 261-1455 or

There is currently no job search or workshops available at the Job Center.

There is currently no child care available at the Job Center (for W-2 appointments only).

The Unemployment Office is not located at the Job Center.  Please contact (844) 910-3661 or






Aging and Disability Resource Center

The lobby of the ADRC is now open for members of the public looking for information or applying for publicly funded long-term care services.  Information and applications continue to be taken over the phone at 608-240-7400 or Toll-Free at 855-417-6892 or by email to:

Visitors to the ADRC are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering.  A mask will be provided if needed.  Visitors can expect to speak with a staff member by phone from a private room.   As we maintain social distancing practices, visitors may be asked ot wait outside the ADRC, or in their vehicle until it is their turn to enter.