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Governor Evers Declares May 2019 ‘Community Action Month’

Governor Evers Declares May 2019 ‘Community Action Month’

May 14, 2019

WHEREAS; the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) is comprised of 16 Community Action Agencies in Wisconsin working to fight poverty and help people achieve economic self-sufficiency; and

WHEREAS; since 1974, Community Action Agencies in Wisconsin contribute major programming in the areas of affordable housing, weatherization, food security; employment and entrepreneurship, Head Start, community economic development, health and education; and

WHEREAS; their statewide partners are the United Migrant Opportunity Services and the Foundation for Rural Housing; and

WHEREAS; the board structure of Community Action Agencies includes low-income individuals and families, elected officials or their representatives, and others from among business, industry, labor, religious, law enforcement, education, and groups and interests in the community served; and

WHEREAS; in 2017, 243,551 low-income and working poor residents of Wisconsin turned to community action agencies for assistance; and WISCAP member agencies helped more than 6,000 families obtain or maintain affordable housing served nearly 200,000 people monthly with emergency food assistance; and

WHEREAS; WISCAP and its member agencies has helped to start over 2,200 businesses and create over 6,000 jobs through its statewide management and implementation of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Job and Business Development Program (JBD);

NOW THEREFORE, I, Tony Evers, Governor of the State of Wisconsin,
do hereby proclaim May 2019 as COMMUNITY ACTION MONTH throughout the State of Wisconsin and I commend this observance to all of our citizens.

 
Show Poverty the Red Card 2019

For Immediate Release: April 8, 2019

Contact: Kassidy Berens, Communications Manager, WISCAP
(608) 244-4422

WISCAP & Forward Madison FC Join Forces to ‘Show Poverty the Red Card’

Madison, WI – WISCAP is teaming up with Forward Madison FC to “Show Poverty the Red Card” at the Flamingo’s inaugural home opener on Saturday, April 27th at Breese Stevens Field in Madison.

Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes will also be on hand for the ceremonial ‘first kick’ at the start of the game. Throughout the night, educational materials on poverty in Wisconsin will be distributed and featured in video and PA announcements. WISCAP, Wisconsin’s Poverty Fighting Network, is comprised of 16 local community action agencies and two single purpose agencies working across the state to address the realities of poverty and economic dislocation.

“I’m excited to join Forward Madison FC for their first-ever match at home and I’m just as excited to stand with WISCAP against poverty. Everyone in our state deserves the opportunity to thrive—regardless of their ZIP code. I’m happy to see Forward Madison FC and WISCAP bring awareness to an issue that affects so many families and communities in our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Barnes.

“Forward Madison is pleased to support WISCAP at our inaugural home game. It is important to build awareness of poverty in Wisconsin, make people aware of the good work WISCAP does to combat poverty and give our fans the opportunity to be part of its solution,” Forward Madison Managing Director Peter Wilt said. 

“More than ten percent of Wisconsinites live below the poverty line. The people of our state who struggle in these circumstances deserve our respect — and our boldest, most innovative efforts to find solutions. Sports, including soccer, can serve as a great way to bring people together and draw attention to this important issue,” commented WISCAP’s Executive Director Brad Paul.

If you are interested in a corporate sponsorship or a group outing with friends or employees, please call WISCAP at (608) 244-4422 or email [email protected]

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

About Forward Madison FC: Forward Madison FC is a charter member of USL League One launching in the spring of 2019. Club name, colors and crest were developed with input from the public to build a club that truly represents the community. The club will play its home games at Breese Stevens Field, a multi-purpose stadium listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and located in downtown Madison on East Washington Avenue. More information and registration for the team’s weekly newsletter is available at www.forwardmadisonfc.com . Follow the team on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 
IUPAT DC7 & WISCAP PARTNER TO FIGHT POVERTY

IUPAT DC7 & WISCAP PARTNER TO FIGHT POVERTY

Big Bend, Wisconsin – (March 7, 2019) –The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council No. 7 (IUPAT DC7) has just joined in an exciting partnership with Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP).

This partnership will bring together the largest union of painters, glaziers, drywall taping and finishing contractors in Wisconsin with one of the most progressive local change agents fighting poverty. Working together, the organizations aim to help those living in poverty to obtain quality employment through IUPAT.

IUPAT DC7 Program provides on-the-job training and education to produce the productive, skilled workers companies seek to employ.

“The opportunity for us to join forces with WISCAP was an obvious choice for us. Together, we’ll be able to change the lives of people in our community. Parents who have been struggling to get dinner on the table will finally have confidence in their career path. They’ll have a secure, well-paying position with benefits and the effects of that are immeasurable,” said Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer Jeff Merhoff.

Merhoff continued, “Our union is committed to producing a productive, skilled, safety focused workforce—the most knowledgeable and accomplished of all craft workers in North America. With our unsurpassed training opportunities and ongoing support, these individuals will find quality, life-changing employment.”

For further information on this new partnership, please contact Jeff Merhoff at [email protected] or (262) 910-9066.

ABOUT IUPAT DC7
Painters & Allied Trades, District Council No. 7 is an affiliate of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), AFL-CIO, chartered on April 25, 2003 in the State of Wisconsin. DC7 represents approximately 2,400 members in the State of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula and has over 180 signatory contractors. Members are employed by PPG Industries, Derse Inc., and all of the major glazing, painting, decorating, drywall taping and finishing contractors in the state of Wisconsin.

ABOUT WISCAP
Wisconsin Community Action Program Association is the association of sixteen Community Action Agencies and two Special Purpose Agencies. They are the statewide voice for these agencies and people struggling with poverty. WISCAP advances the work of their member organizations to help people and communities become economically secure. The organization focuses on public policy and advocacy, training and technical assistance, resource development, poverty awareness, and multiple programs.

 
WISCAP 2019-2020 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

WISCAP RELEASES 2019-2020 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

January 10, 2019

WISCAP is a statewide association of Wisconsin’s 16 Community Action Agencies and two single purpose agencies working to fight poverty in Wisconsin. WISCAP and its members are committed to creating economic opportunity and supporting community-based solutions to poverty. As a leader in efforts to address poverty in Wisconsin, we keenly understand the need for policies that enable economic equality and that provide pathways for the Community Action Network to address needs of Wisconsinites with low income.  The following set of policies represent WISCAP’s- in partnership with other stakeholders- priorities for the coming legislative session.

Comprehensive Measures to Fight Poverty

Introduction and Passage of an Omnibus Anti-Poverty Bill. WISCAP will work with members of the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly to introduce a legislative package designed to provide transformational investments that reduce poverty and fundamentally improve people’s economic circumstances.  This bill will further the goal of addressing the systemic barriers to achieving economic stability by providing housing, health, job training, and income supports.

Wisconsin CSBG Supplement. WISCAP will work with members of the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly for the passage of legislation to create a state supplement to the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program.

Community Services Block Grant Act Reauthorization Act. WISCAP will work with our national partners at the Community Action Partnership and the National Community Action Foundation to ensure passage of federal CSBG reauthorization.

Access to Housing and Shelter

Increased funding to Department of Administration Critical Assistance Program (DOA). WISCAP calls for an increase in this emergency rent/eviction prevention fund from $280,000 to $560,000.

Increased funding to Department of Administration State Shelter Subsidy Grant Program (SSGP) WISCAP calls for an increase in this emergency shelter grant from $1.13 million to $2 million.

Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH). As a member of the Implementation Task Force, WISCAP will represent the interest of its member agencies by participating in the state ICH, advocating for comprehensive solutions to homelessness and all populations which experience it.

Passage of the Federal Homeless Children and Youth Act (HCYA). WISCAP supports this bi-partisan legislation to align HUD homeless assistance eligibility criteria with criteria used by most other federal agencies and programs.

Addressing Barriers to Employment

Expansion of the Job and Business Development Program (DWD). WISCAP calls for an increased appropriation from $200,600 to a minimum of $500,000.

Expansion of Skills Enhancement Program (DCF) WISCAP calls for an increased appropriation from $250,00 to a minimum of $500,000.

Expand the availability and affordability of transportation, including greater support to car purchase programs like Jump Start andWork-n-Wheels.

Expand the availability and affordability of quality child care.  WISCAP also supports efforts to increase the child care supplement for families with low income.

Access to Health Supports

Community Action Opioid Response Act. WISCAP will work with our national partners at the Community Action Partnership and the National Community Action Foundation to ensure passage of federal legislation to better coordinate community action agency resources and opioid response services.

WISCAP supports efforts to expand primary care availability and promote the expansion of mental health treatment availability and accessibility, substance abuse treatment availability and accessibility, and suicide prevention efforts and technical assistance for farmers who are struggling. 

For more information, contact Brad Paul, [email protected]

 
WISCAP RECEIVES GRANT TO PROVIDE COUNSELING TO SURVIVORS OF THE 2018 WISCONSIN FLOODS

WISCAP RECEIVES GRANT TO PROVIDE COUNSELING TO SURVIVORS OF THE 2018 WISCONSIN FLOODS

Contact:
Kassidy Berens
Communications Manager & Office Admin
(608) 244-4422
[email protected]

For Immediate Release: November 30, 2018

The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) has been awarded a grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Care and Treatment Services to provide crisis counseling, outreach, and support to communities impacted by the floods, landslides, and tornadoes that swept the state this past summer.

The “Project Recovery” response will be led by Couleecap, Inc. (Westby) and include the efforts of five community action agencies (CAAs) over a nine-county area. Partnering agencies include CAP Services (Stevens Point), Central Wisconsin CAC (Wisconsin Dells), Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program (Dodgeville) and Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc (Dane).

“When individuals and communities start to rebuild their homes and businesses, they often face trauma and exhaustion,” said Brad Paul, WISCAP’s Executive Director. “This grant will help provide crucial links to both emotional and material resources for those in need, particularly in farming communities and areas of high poverty.”

This project will enable Couleecap and partner CAAs to hire and train outreach workers to provide assessment, referrals and disaster relief services, including mental health or substance abuse treatment as appropriate. Outreach teams will be assigned to Disaster Recovery Centers and encourage both survivors of recent flooding and the community at large to register for FEMA assistance.

“Natural disasters leave lasting and persistent devastation to people, families, and communities.  Recovery is not only about rebuilding structures, it’s also about rebuilding connections, coping strategies, and resiliency.  That is what Project Recovery is all about,” says Hetti Brown, Executive Director of Couleecap, Inc.

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 Project Recovery is a service made possible through the support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Wisconsin Farm Center, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. If you would like more information about Project Recovery at the county level, please call 1-844-260-7029 or e-mail [email protected] 

 
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