Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

Wisconsin ERAP Treasury Programs:

WISCAP and its statewide network will be helping to get Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA) to those in need. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions sheet for program guidelines and eligibility. The program will be administered by 14 community agencies.

Wisconsin residents that have experienced a significant loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need help with their rent can apply. Brown County funds can be used for utility arrears (heat, electric, water & sewer, and trash).

The City of Madison and Dane County recently announced the availability of up to $16 million of emergency rental assistance from the federal government that will be used to support payment of rent arrears. These emergency funds are essential to our community and we recognize the need for them to be dispersed quickly to support struggling tenants and landlords. In order to meet the anticipated demand for these funds, the City and County are working with Tenant Resource Center to open applications for emergency rental assistance the week of February 15th.

Wisconsin CARES+ Programs:

Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday, May 20 the launch of a $25 million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program for Wisconsinites who have experienced income loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In October, Gov. Evers announced that another $10 million would be sent to the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program.

Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity is proud to be able to provide mortgage and rent assistance for low income households needing assistance due to loss or reduction of income as a result of COVID 19. This is made possible through a grant provided by the St. Croix Valley Foundation. Assistance is capped at $1,000 per application and will be paid directly to the mortgage lender/bank or landlord. Funds are not unlimited and will be paid out on a first come, first serve basis.

The county is redistributing $10 million to those struggling to pay rent through the Dane County CARES Eviction Program. The program aims to assist people who have lost their jobs. It provides rent for up to four months, and helps renters negotiate with landlords. Dane county is using money from the federal CARES Act.

Milwaukee County has launched a $10 million housing initiative aimed at addressing the needs of county residents who are behind on rent, facing eviction or experiencing short-term difficulty paying their mortgages. This initiative has dedicated $7 million to eviction prevention efforts through a rent assistance program developed in partnership with Community Advocates. Individuals and families who are facing eviction or who are behind on rent and meet eligibility criteria may apply for up to $3,000 per cooperative landlord/tenant stipulated agreement.

The City of Racine was awarded two rounds of Emergency Solutions Grants through the CARES Act for homelessness assistance and homelessness prevention. The first round, announced in April, was for $574,928 and a second round of $649,751 was awarded in June.

At a June 29 special meeting, the City Council approved the allocation of $396,712 of those funds for Lutheran Social Services to distribute as rental assistance. Of those funds, LSS was allocated $17,447 for case management services and $36,065 as an administration fee.

These resources are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Landlords and Tenants are encouraged to seek specific legal advice for any of the issues as found in this blog.

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