Family Resources

This page is designed to provide resources for our families.  Here you will find information about meetings for parents, and community resources as we receive them.

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  • Welcome to the Social Development Commission’s Milwaukee Emergency Rent Assistance program, also known as MERA. MERA is a new program that provides a new opportunity for City of Milwaukee residents who are experiencing financial hardship due to the impact of COVID-19. We understand that many people are going through challenging times and we are here to help you get back on the right path.
    In 2020, the Social Development Commission helped over 7,000 families by providing more than $16 million in rent assistance through the Wisconsin Rent Assistance Program-WRAP and Milwaukee Rent Assistance Program-MRAP. While payments varied, on average, we distributed $2328.00 to individual households in need of rent assistance help.
    We believe rent assistance is essential as we help local families impacted by the pandemic. Below you will find the eligibility criteria for rent assistance and the process so you can know what to expect. We have made updates to our application process so that we can better serve you during these trying times.
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  • Free ArtsConnect Virtual Masterclass Sessions offered by Marcus PAC: 
    • The Marcus Performing Arts Center presents the ArtsConnect 2021-22 virtual masterclass series, featuring both Broadway and off-Broadway coaches and local talent, as well. The series delves into various aspects of the professional performing arts, including voice, monologue, stage presence, stage performance, college/university recommendations, auditioning, and much more. Free to high school students, the sessions allow students to engage and learn.  This after school masterclass series is held every other Wednesday, from 3:30 –4:30 PM, beginning October 20 through May 2022. Please share the following registration link with students, families and colleagues for this awesome opportunity to learn from the best and brightest coaches and trainers!