Gov. Tony Evers has announced a $25 million initiative to help Wisconsin residents with rental assistance.
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The Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program will be for individuals who have experienced income loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The effort is funded by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Safety (CARES) Act dollars.
The Department of Administration will provide direct assistance for owed rent, security deposits, as well as 'wrap around services' for people who are eligible for the program.
“Wisconsinites have enough to worry about as we continue to battle the deadly COVID-19 virus. They should not also have to worry about losing the roofs over their head,” Gov. Evers said. “The Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program will hopefully provide peace of mind to a lot of people, as well as a reminder to them that we are all in this together. They have not been forgotten.”
Applicants must be adult Wisconsin residents who have a household income at or below 80% of the county median income in the month of or prior to the application date. If approved, residents will receive assistance of up to $3,000 in a combination of rental payments and/or security deposits. Payments will be paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the tenant.