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Today we highlight our own coverage of Wisconsin’s escalating evictions crisis during the pandemic, particularly for Black residents in Milwaukee.
Gov. Tony Evers was among the first governors to lift a state moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic, and his $25 million statewide emergency rental assistance program is failing to meet the demands of thousands in need.
Milwaukee landlords filed more than 1,400 evictions in June and 1,300 in July, both higher than pre-pandemic averages, according to our story by Allison Dikanovic and Clara Neupert of Wisconsin Watch and Princess Safiya Byers of Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. More than two-thirds of the filings hit Black-majority neighborhoods.
Neupert and Dikanovic also offer a guide on how to navigate state and local rental assistance programs
‘Nowhere to go’: Wisconsin renters face evictions as emergency aid falls short — Wisconsin Watch/Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
How to navigate the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program and other resources for renters — Wisconsin Watch/Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
UW campuses forge ahead in reopening this fall despite growing COVID-19 concerns — Wisconsin State Journal
UW-Madison faculty help nation, state plan COVID-19 vaccine allocation — Wisconsin State Journal
Brown County coronavirus: Prison cases surge to 185; death toll hits 57 — Green Bay Press Gazette
Dane County deputy who died of COVID-19 tested positive ‘several weeks ago,’ hospitalized soon after — Wisconsin State Journal
Data to note
A Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis of U.S. Census Bureau survey data illustrates the widespread economic and food security crisis during the pandemic.
An estimated 246,000 to 336,000 Wisconsin children live in households that are behind in rent or their mortgage and/or did not get enough to eat from June 18 to July 21, according to the analysis released this month.
An estimated 18.4 million to 19.4 million children nationally fit that criteria, according to the analysis.
Here are the latest visualizations of COVID-19 cases and deaths from our partners at WisContext.
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