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Community Support

Vision Framework

Community Support Programs

On September 2, 2021, the Milwaukee County ARPA Task Force approved ARPA Expenditure Categories and a process for reviewing and recommending ARPA funding allocations. 

The Community Support category allows Milwaukee County to respond to economic harms to workers, families, small businesses, impacted industries and the public sector. Projects advance Milwaukee County strategic objectives: 

  • 2A: Determine what, where and how services are delivered based on the resolution of health disparities
  • 3A: Invest upstream to address the root causes of health disparities
  • 3C: Dismantle barriers to achieving diverse and inclusive communities

Strategies will be funded within the following Milwaukee County ARPA Community Support Service Areas: 

Household Assistance

Mental & Behavioral Health

Other Social Determinants of Health

Purpose: Respond to economic harmers to workers and families.



Purpose: Support public health response to the pandemic and leverage the existing behavioral health services to integrate targeted services


Purpose: Address remaining social determinants of health of community members.



Expenditure Categories:


  •  Food Programs
  •  Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Aid
  •  Cash Transfers
  •  Internet Access Programs
  •  Unemployment Benefits or Cash Assistance to   Unemployed Workers
  •  Affordable Housing
  •  Services for Unhoused Persons
  •  Other Housing Assistance




Expenditure Categories:


  •  Mental Health Services
  •  Substance Use Services
  •  Addressing Educational Disparities
  •  Other Public Health Services









Expenditure Categories:


  •  Aid to Nonprofit Organizations
  •  Aid to Tourism, Travel, or Hospitality
  •  Aid to Other Impacted Industries
  •  Other Economic Support
  •  Assistance to Unemployed or Underemployed Workers
  •  Loans or Grants to Mitigation Financial Hardship
  •  Community Health Workers or Benefit Navigators
  •  Lead Remediation
  •  Community Violence Interventions
  •  Healthy Childhood Environments

Community Support Service Area Subgroups

Service area subgroup membership includes a minimum of six members, consisting of at least:

  • Two Milwaukee County staff with expertise and experience in the subject matter
  • One community member who is directly affected by the service area
  • One Community partner/stakeholder who has developed expertise in the subject matter and does not stand to personally benefit from the recommendations, directly or indirectly

To learn more about the Community Support Service Area membership, review the list of current subgroup members.

Community Support Funding Process

To learn more about the Community Support funding process, review the following:

Community Support Spending Progress Dashboard

This dashboard displays information on the Community Support Expenditure Category and project-level spending. View the full dashboard here.



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901 N. 9th St., Room 308
Milwaukee, WI 53233


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