With thousands of Milwaukee County residents facing potential utility disconnections this summer, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director, Héctor Colón, is urging eligible residents to apply for Energy Assistance. “Being without utilities can put many people in great danger. This is especially true for our senior citizens, people taking certain medications and small children.”.
Many people believe that you need to be disconnected from service before you can reach out for help. “Not true!” says program coordinator, Diane Zettelmeier. “We want to be proactive, helping people before their power is turned off.” Energy Assistance offers a one-time annual payment to help with utility expenses. “We want to help people prevent disconnections and set up payment plans,” says Zettelmeier.
“Last season our program helped more than 63,000 households stay warm (and cool) and keep the lights on. This year we have already served as many households and have the capacity to serve even more than ever before,” says Colón. “This service provides an average annual benefit of almost $500 to those who qualify. We are eager to provide this service to ease the burden of utility bills for the thousands of senior citizens and working families with know this benefit can assist.”
Eligible residents can schedule appointments to apply for WHEAP by calling 414-270-4-MKE, or going online to www.energyassistancemke.org. There are also flexible walk-in options at our six service locations, Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 p.m.:
● Northwest - 4906 W Fond du Lac Avenue
● North - 6918 W Brown Deer Road (NEW SITE THIS SEASON)
● Downtown - 728 N James Lovell Street (7th and Wisconsin)
● West Allis - 6761 W Greenfield Ave
● Southeast - 2701 S Chase Ave (between Lincoln and Oklahoma)
● South - 5663 S 27th Street (NEW SITE THIS SEASON)
The Energy Assistance Program has also expanded phone service capacity to accommodate the increase in applicants scheduling appointments over the phone as an effort to decrease wait time in lines at locations. This year, the program expanded outreach to the far north and south sides of Milwaukee with two new locations and a marketing campaign featuring billboards, bus ads and radio advertisements. The media are encouraged to share our Public Service Announcement in both English and Spanish to encourage residents to explore if they are eligible and to apply.
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as WHEAP, is a state program that is
MILWAUKEE COUNTY DEPT. OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
HÉCTOR COLÓN ∙ Director, Dept. of Health and Human Services
Energy Assistance Program
Program Coordinator administered in Milwaukee County by the Department of Health and Human Services. WHEAP provides a one-time payment for eligible residents, covering a portion of their energy costs.
For more information on Energy Assistance or to schedule an appointment, visit www.energyassistancemke.org.
To schedule an interview, please contact Justin Metzger at (414) 289-5885 (office) or (414) 514-4053 (mobile) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Milwaukee County Energy Assistance Program
The Milwaukee County Energy Assistance Program, administered by the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services’ Management Services Division, helps more than 60,000 people per year in Milwaukee County afford their energy bills. In partnership with UMOS, Community Advocates, and We Energies, and funding largely provided by the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Energy Assistance Program’s help amounts to almost $40 million dollars in aid, including energy bill assistance, emergency furnace repair and replacement, and weatherization. See more at EnergyAssistanceMKE.org.
About the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services The mission of the Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services is to empower safe, healthy, meaningful lives. Our vision is, together, to create healthy communities. The Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services consists of five divisions, encompassing Behavioral Health, Delinquency and Court Services, Disability Services, Housing, and Management.
Milwaukee Streetcar Construction Progress:
West St. Paul Avenue to Open in Both Directions Temporarily
Milwaukee – City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) officials announce that work on West St. Paul Avenue as part of the Milwaukee Streetcar project will go on hiatus until Fall 2017. All lanes of traffic will be temporarily reopened during Summerfest to accommodate festival traffic, City officials said.
Streetcar construction, which began in early spring on W. St. Paul, continues to progress on schedule with construction crews laying track on additional area streets in various phases.
“We’ve intentionally arranged our project construction schedule to keep as many lanes open as possible in the downtown area during the festival season, with no Third Ward track construction planned until the fall,” Department of Public Works Commissioner Ghassan Korban said.
“We have temporarily halted track work on W. St. Paul Ave. and reopened all lanes in both directions to traffic during Summerfest,” Korban said. “Motorists should feel free to drive in the lanes with the new streetcar tracks – our system is designed for cars and streetcars to share traffic lanes.”
Other construction activities along the route include:
Track construction with lane closures is underway on N. Broadway between E. Clybourn and E. Kilbourn avenues. Traffic is reduced to a single southbound vehicle lane, and some intersections may be closed. Pedestrian access will be maintained on N. Broadway. Northbound motorists should use other nearby roads such as N. Milwaukee, N. Jefferson or N. Water streets.
Crews have also begun track work on N. Jackson Street between E. Kilbourn and E. Ogden avenues, which is currently reduced to a single lane northbound.
Some utility work is underway on E. Ogden Ave. and N. Milwaukee St., but a lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained.
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“Motorists driving through the city should be aware that N. Broadway and N. Jackson currently have the most construction activity underway right now, and should plan their travels accordingly,” Korban said. The construction team has been working closely with Summerfest to coordinate access to and from the festival through work zones. Festival-goers should PLAN a little extra travel time and visit the Summerfest website in advance for parking information, suggested travel routes, and public transit options:
Summerfest Celebrates its 50th Edition with Throwback Thursday on June 29th
Presented by Pick ‘n Save
MILWAUKEE (May 1, 2017) – In honor of Summerfest’s 50th edition, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. is excited to announce Throwback Thursday, presented by Pick ‘n Save, on Thursday, June 29, 2017. In addition to special daytime headliners, special admission and beverage discounts will be offered from noon – 6 pm.
Throughout the Throwback Thursday celebration, fest-goers can enjoy music throughout the day from past decades by performers including:
As a special admission offer, Pick ‘n Save customers can receive four (4) FREE Summerfest tickets, valid for Throwback Thursday presented by Pick ‘n Save, June 29th (noon-6 pm) for every $50 they spend at Pick ‘n Save locations, from May 10 through June 13, 2017. The offer is printed at the bottom of the receipt and must be redeemed in person at the Summerfest box office on June 29, 2017. Limit three (3) offers/ twelve (12) tickets per transaction.
In addition, from noon-6 pm on Throwback Thursday presented by Pick ‘n Save, all beverages will be 50% off (excluding ice cream drinks and smoothies).
“Throwback Thursday celebrates five decades of bringing music to the community with a nod to the past, featuring performances by Foghat, Berlin, and more,” stated Don Smiley, Summerfest President and CEO. ”To keep the celebration going, we will carry over the retro feel of the day with some of our evening headliners on June 29th – Toto, Peter Wolf, Brian Setzer, and Hanson. Since 1968 we have hosted the best in the music business, and Throwback Thursday is certainly a day to reflect and reminisce,” Smiley added.
About Pick ‘n Save
Pick ‘n Save is the largest of four grocery banners of Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). In its 42nd year and with over 100 locations throughout the state of Wisconsin, Pick ‘n Save is Wisconsin’s grocer, offering customers fresh products, restaurant quality prepared foods, meal ideas and food and beverage pairings at everyday low prices. Pick ‘n Save is where Wisconsin saves!
About Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance
Summerfest 2017 presented by American Family Insurance – the festival’s 50th edition – will take place June 28 – July 2 and July 4 – July 9 from noon until midnight and will be closed Monday, July 3. Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, hosting the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 850,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world each year for an unforgettable live music experience. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 11 stages, delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting. For more details, visit Summerfest.com, Facebook.com/summerfest or Twitter: @Summerfest.
Transforming Innovative UW System Ideas into New Businesses:$200,000 Awarded by Ideadvance Seed Fund innovation across the UW System.
Three high schools nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report
Up to $200,000 in grants will be awarded to five small businesses in the latest round of awards in the Ideadvance program fostering the entrepreneurship ecosystem across Wisconsin.
Ideadvance is a rigorous two-stage process of seed funding and mentoring to move innovative ideas forward into feasible businesses. It is open to UW System staff, faculty, students and alumni at all campuses except UW-Madison. Ideadvance awardees must demonstrate significant progress toward a scalable, profitable business model in order to receive increment
Ideadvance seed funds.
Stage 1 teams are eligible for up to $25,000, earned by meeting goals over a six-month period of mentorship and work focused on customer validation.
The 2017 awardees are:
Forsythe & Storms Technologies of Oak Creek, which devised an innovative, less-lethal self-defense device for law enforcement and corrections.
VetNEX of River Falls, which assists veterans and advocates in the VA Service Connected Disability Claims process by providing validated medical documents to support the link to service.
Stage 2 companies are eligible for up to $50,000 in matching funds within a 12-month period by capturing follow-on funding and developing and executing a customer acquisition strategy.
This year’s awardees are:
High 5 Academics of Oshkosh, which developed TTL, a cloud-based series of integrated tools helping K-8 school principals collaborate with literacy teachers to improve mastery of their craft. Pivot Interactives of River Falls, which makes innovative educational activities that teach scientific reasoning and critical thinking skills essential to today’s learners through interacting with a customizable video interface design. Northern Star Fire of Eau Claire, which developed an eight-directional compass to aid firefighters through disorienting conditions.
“We’re allocating resources and making investments in companies that have a positive impact on the economies and communities of Wisconsin,” said Dr. Idella Yamben, program manager. “We also aim to train entrepreneurs in a Lean Startup approach to building their business. Ideadvance’s performance-based funding supports innovative and risky ideas, while also saving money should the entrepreneur pivot away from ideas that no longer make business sense.”
Since 2014, Ideadvance, a partnership between the UW-Extension’s Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), has awarded $1.5 million in grants. The impact of these grants has resulted in $2.65 million in additional funding allocated to the awardees, as of February 2017. Ideadvance is part of the WEDC’s S3 program which is working to further incorporate start-ups by providing operational and financial assistance to aid in navigating commercialization barriers.
Interest in the program was strong in 2017. Stage 1 saw applications rise to 23, up from 14 last year and its most since launching in 2014. Stage 2 drew seven applications, and all three awardees had already completed Stage 1, though it is not a requirement. This year was the first time that Ideadvance was opened to UW System alumni.
Twenty-year veteran firefighter Captain Jeff Dykes is a 2017 recipient of Stage 2 funding. The UW-Parkside and UW-Stout graduate is the founder of Northern Star Fire, which won the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Award this month. Dykes’ product, The Northern Star, is a compass that attaches to a firefighter’s mask and highlights the direction a firefighter is facing when activated.
“Ideadvance has provided Northern Star Fire with both the funding and resources to successfully launch our company. We worked the lean business canvas model through Stage 1 and were able learn the key components to make our company a success,” Dykes said.
While the next round of applications won’t be open until spring 2018, Yamben encourages innovators to act now on their inspiration and help improve their eligibility for an Ideadvance application. “It’s never too early to think about your idea and pull in a team to start working.”
“By helping entrepreneurs turn their ideas into new businesses, Ideadvance is a high-impact component of Wisconsin’s innovation climate,” said Aaron Hagar, WEDC’s vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation and a member of the Ideadvance selection committee. “Through the collaboration and resources of WEDC and the UW System, we’re committed to help these young companies successfully launch and grow in Wisconsin.”
Thousands of Milwaukee County residents face utility disconnection when help is still available