All Programs

Community Advocates Milwaukee Wisconsin

Community Advocates operates roughly 40 programs, ranging a wide span of services and needs.  Programming falls into the following categories:

Basic Needs: Utilities

Program Name Description Related Links
Crisis Energy Assistance Helps households with the retention of utility services, reconnections, and oil deliveries. Assistance is available every nine months, but is not available during the moratorium period of November 1-April 15.


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Furnace Replacement Referral Community Advocates processes requests for the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program for emergency furnace replacement or repair.  Description
 
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Provides a one-time payment during the heating season of October 1 - May 15. The funding pays for a portion of a household's heating costs; the amount of the benefit varies depending on a variety of factors.  Description
 
Low-Income Pilot Offers case management, educational conservation information, and financial literacy workshops for clients wishing to lower their energy bills and/or have historically fallen behind on their utilities payments. Referrals received from We Energies. Description
 
Milwaukee Telephone Access Advocacy Program Assists low-income residents in establishing or maintaining landline phone service.  Description

 

Basic Needs: Disability Advocacy

Program Name Description Related Links
Interim Disability Assistance Program (IDAP) Provides a small monthly stipend to financially needy Milwaukee County residents who are unable to work due to a disability and who have a high probability of being approved for SSI/SSDI benefits. 


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Protective Payee Community Advocates provides protective payee services to individuals who are unable to adequately manage their finances.  Description
 
SSI Advocacy Provides information, referrals, and advocacy for individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits. Referrals only from Children's Community Health Plan, Managed Health Services, and Kenosha Department of Human Services. Description
 

 

Basic Needs: Housing

Program Name Description Related Links
City of Milwaukee Building Inspector Services For residents who are renting housing units needing repair, Community Advocates will work with city staff to legally withhold rent until needed repairs are made to the rental unit. 
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Homeless Prevention and Housing Stability Case Management Program Provides mediation advocacy and assistance to households at risk of becoming homeless, households who are facing imminent homelessness, and to victims of domestic violence. Description
 
Permanent Housing -- Intervention/Prevention/Case Management for Homeless Families Program Participant households (homeless or for whom homelessness is imminent) are offered comprehensive services to equip them with the resources and skills to obtain affordable permanent housing.  Description
 
Rent Bridge Program Staff negotiates a payment plan with property owners for clients who have income, but have missed a rent payment. Description
 
Security Deposit Guarantee Program Assists those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to negotiate a payment plan for their security deposit.  Description
Siemer Family Homeless Prevention and Case Management Program Helps reduce student mobility and increase academic success by improving long-term housing and economic stability for low-income families with school-age children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Description
Tenant-Landlord Mediation Mediation is provided to low-income tenants facing eviction or small claims actions related to tenancy. Description
Tenant-Landlord Training A one-hour session on renter's rights and responsibilities for tenants and property owners.  Description
 

 

Behavioral Health & Homelessness

Program Name Description Related Links
Autumn West Safe Haven A facility offering housing and supportive services to individuals who are homeless and who have mental health disorders. Need help?
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Homeless Outreach Nursing Center Nurses provide outreach to shelters and meal sites to conduct health assessments, connect individuals with needed resources and, when appropriate, refer individuals to Autumn West Safe Haven. Description
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Project Bridge Case managers assist those experiencing both chronic homelessness and mental illness by connecting them with housing and supportive services. Need help?
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Milwaukee Women’s Center

Program Name Description Related Links
Crisis Line The 24-Hour Crisis Line (414-671-6140) assists callers with concerns including homelessness, housing and legal issues, lack of food, and crisis situations like domestic violence or suicide. Get Help Now
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Older Abused Women's Program Support Groups, advocacy and case management for older women who are abused by intimate partners or relatives. Description
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Domestic Violence Shelter The emergency shelter provides 24-hour shelter and support to female domestic violence victims and their minor children. Description
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Family Support Center Provides shelter and support to low-income families who are experiencing a housing crisis. Description
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Bottomless Closet Provides work-appropriate clothing to low-income men and women entering or re-entering the workforce. Description
Case Management Second Stage case management helps with housing transitions, as well as assisting women and their children who have suffered from domestic violence, substance abuse, and homelessness. Description
Addiction Treatment POWER and Family Case Management programs support women and their families in treating addiction. Description
Nevermore Batterer's Treatment An educational, support-group based program aiming to help male batterers take responsibility for their violent behavior and prevent future domestic violence. Description
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Public Policy Institute

Program Name Description Related Links
Working Our Way Out of Poverty This project seeks to change the way we think about and attack poverty, by creating and testing a specific policy package that would reduce poverty in Wisconsin by more than half to between 1-4%. Description
Transitional Jobs Program Studies and advocates for transitional jobs that allow low-income, unemployed individuals to do useful work and support themselves and their families. Description
Effective ACA Implementation This project studies and advocates for policy options established under the Affordable Care Act, improved enrollment in health coverage for criminal justice-involved populations, expanded coverage and treatment options, and access to affordable coverage and care. Description
Conversations With Policy Leaders A regular public gathering of elected officials, policymakers, community leaders and others interested in lively public policy discussion. Description
City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance Coordinates the Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, help implement Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Act, and conduct compliance checks on tobacco retailers. Description
Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative Provides coordination for the multiple participating agencies administering programs working to prevent child abuse and promote health, safety and self-sufficiency for youth and families. Description
Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP) This coalition works to improve the quality of lives in our community by preventing the harmful consequences of substance use and abuse.
Alliance for Wisconsin Youth (AWY) AWY enhances the capacity of member coalitions to prevent substance abuse and support an ATODA-free lifestyle for youth. Description