Wisconsin Works (W-2) Program
We help people succeed every day.
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s trauma informed staff helps families experiencing unemployment and poverty as they begin a journey to economic success. While striving to stabilize and excel, a family needs support. As a Wisconsin Works (W-2) service provider, YWCA is able to attach families to basic financial support and partners every household with culturally competent staff members who assess for strengths and needs, and then create connections to RESOURCES and OPPORTUNITIES:
- Assistance with locating employment: we will help you as you look for work, prepare to interview and we will support you once you’ve landed the job.
- Assessment of barriers and potentials: we can help you understand your limitations and untapped abilities through vocational assessments.
- Connect with supportive services: everyone has a right to live a healthy life; connect with options that will allow you to maintain your health and peace of mind.
- Attachment to education and training programs: we can assist you with achieving your education and training goals at our location and with area partners.
- Experience community and empowerment: join other community members to discuss and participate in workshops geared towards wellness and success.
- Transportation support: receive transportation assistance for MCTS to access activities.
- Child care assistance: qualifying families receive a child care subsidy so your children may attend approved daycares while you focus on your goals.
- Job Access Loans (JAL): if you are working or have a job offer, have a specific financial crisis and need a short-term loan to prevent unemployment, you may be eligible for a Job Access Loan.
- Advocacy and straightforwardness: we are here to support if you have a situation that is holding you back.
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W-2 services provided in partnership with America Works.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Eligibility for W-2 and Emergency Assistance (EA) must be determined in person via standardized processes. Eligibility cannot be determined over the phone or in advance of the application process.
Where you live determines which W-2 agency you will be serviced by. YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is a partner to America Works of Wisconsin in the provision of W-2 services in the East Central Milwaukee region. We are able to tell you over the phone (414-267-3900) if your address places you in our region.
To apply for W-2 or Emergency Assistance (EA), please visit our offices at 1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Applying for a Job Access Loan begins by applying for W-2, as recipients of Job Access Loans must be found financially eligible for W-2. Job Access Loans require, as a condition of eligibility, that the applicant be either employed or have an offer of employment wherein success on the job depends on the meeting of a financial need. Examples of the types of needs Job Access Loans can be used for include purchase of work uniforms or tools, car repairs or car purchase when a car is a reasonable need for the job, etc.
To apply, please visit our offices at 1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Limited evening appointments are available if a work schedule prevents application during business hours. Please call 414-267-3900 to inquire about this option.
W-2 has options for non-custodial parents. While a W-2 cash payment requires custody of a child(ren), other services such as case management, job search support and training may be available to you. Please visit us to learn more about how we can help.
Applications for FoodShare and Medical Assistance can be filed in person at the Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center at 1220 W. Vliet Street. You may also find information regarding these programs and apply online at: https://access.wisconsin.gov/.