By Attorney Jennifer Hayden of Petrie + Pettit S.C.
The Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources has partnered with the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association to provide “direct assistance” for struggling Wisconsin tenants by way of 25 million dollars allocated to agencies across the state. Tenants who meet certain income and need eligibility can apply for the funds through the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association which will then issue payment directly to the Landlord on behalf of the Tenant. Since this program will require the tenant to apply directly for the monies, if you have not already done so, you should open up a dialogue with your tenants about this assistance so they can educate themselves.
In general, adult residents of Wisconsin with a household income at or below 80% of the county median income in the month of or prior to the application date may be eligible to receive up to $3,000 per individual which can be used toward rent owed or security deposits.
Funding will be available on a first-come, first served basis, and the Program will expire once CARES Act funding is exhausted.
Additional information on this Program, including complete eligibility criteria, application documentation requirements, and the distribution process for the rental assistance should be available shortly, along with information on a proposed “Second Initiative.” Initial information can be found here.