One year ago, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service collaborated with fellow nonprofit newsrooms Wisconsin Watch and Outlier Media to launch News414, the free texting news service that delivers essential information on food, housing and health to readers.
Since then, we’ve communicated with over 1,000 texters regularly about issues that matter most to them. Today we share answers to two common questions we’ve received.
I am not able to pay my property taxes. What can I do?
There are a few options available if you need help covering your property tax bill.
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity currently has a tax foreclosure prevention grant available to homeowners in the Harambee, Midtown, Washington Park, Metcalf Park and Amani communities. This is a one-time grant to help with delinquent property tax with a $1,500 maximum payout amount.
GreenPath Financial Wellness’ free foreclosure prevention program can administer payments to creditors, including property tax payments. Find out more here or call 800-550-1961.
Housing Resources Inc. also offers a foreclosure prevention program with counseling services for people who are having problems with property taxes. You can find out more here.
I am told my unemployment assistance is being held by an adjudicator. What can I do?
If there is a dispute between the employee and employer on the amount to be paid in unemployment, assistance can be held at an adjudicator while the exact amount is agreed upon.
However, if your unemployment assistance is held by an adjudicator, you can get free legal help. A list of providers for free legal help can be found here.
To ask a question through News414, text “MKE” to 73224.