Gov. Evers announces new emergency rental assistance program

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Posted at 7:21 AM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 11:48:15-05

Gov. Tony Evers announced that more than $322 million in funding will go towards the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program, administered by the Department of Administration (DOA) to provide financial assistance to families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding will go towards rent, utility, and home energy costs for individuals who qualify.

“I’m proud of the efforts we’ve made through the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program to get folks the help they need so they don't have to worry about losing the roofs over their heads, and this program will build on that success,” said Gov. Evers. “While we continue working to get vaccines distributed and shots in arms as soon as we have supply, these funds will be critically important providing families the stability and support they need to get through this pandemic.”

The DOA will partner with Wisconsin Community Action agencies and Energy Services, Inc. to begin to accept applications and distribute funds for rental and utility assistance.

Residents of Brown, Dane, Milwaukee, and Waukesha Counties and the cities of Madison and Milwaukee can apply directly to their local government’s rental assistance provider.

“Many families face the possibility of losing the roof over their heads or having their utilities shut off because of the effects of the pandemic,” said DOA Secretary Joel Brennan. “Gov. Evers is committed to helping Wisconsin families stay in their homes and keep their heat and lights on."

You can find more information about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program here.

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