City of Milwaukee announces additional $15 million in funding for rent assistance

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 13:29:09-04

For those struggling to pay rent in Milwaukee, the city announced an additional $15 million in funding to help over 3,000 families stay in their homes.

Milwaukee residents can receive up to $3,000 for rent payments or security deposits.

Criteria to receive the funding will be the same as the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program: Candidates must be an adult resident with a household income at or below 80% of the county median income in the month prior to applying. Only one recipient per household qualifies.

Applicants must also show documentation showing a loss of employment or reduced income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We applaud the City of Milwaukee for the additional financial support,” and Andi Elliott, Chief Executive Officer of Community Advocates. “The need for rental assistance to ensure that Milwaukeeans are able to stay housed is unprecedented. We truly appreciate the collective efforts of state, county and city government to partner with the Rental Housing Resource Center to provide this lifeline of support.”

To apply for assistance, the city says applicants should apply through Community Advocates, online, by email or by phone.

You can also apply through the Social Development Commission here.

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