$2M in grants awarded for emergency and extremely low-income housing

Fifty-four Wisconsin organizations will receive a total of $2 million in grants from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) Foundation to provide emergency shelter, transitional residences, and extremely low-income housing, according to a news release from Gov. Tony Evers’ office.

This year, the Foundation’s annual Housing Grant Program is funded by $1 million from WHEDA reserves and an additional $1 million that was provided by Gov. Evers using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. WHEDA received 94 applications requesting more than $3.6 million through the housing grant process this year, an indication of the high demand and need in Wisconsin. According to WHEDA, this year’s $2 million in grants will create or improve 1,764 beds and housing units across the state. The investments at the community level also support economic recovery by creating valued construction jobs.

Organizations receiving the grants include nonprofit agencies, local governments, and Tribal authorities serving low-income or disadvantaged populations, including individuals experiencing homelessness, runaways, youth in out-of-home placement, individuals struggling with substance use disorder, people in need of protective services, aging and older residents, and people living with HIV, among others.

Dane County-based recipients include:

  • The Salvation Army Capital Area Command — $18,937 to replace boiler, window air conditioners, kitchen appliances, chest freezer, and washer/dryer;
  • Dane County Housing Authority (DCHA) — $50,000 to upgrade bathtubs to walk-in showers and change lighting in common areas to LED lighting;
  • Housing Initiatives Inc. — $5,920 to retrofit fire suppression system above the stove/cooktop for 151 units;
  • Movin’ Out Inc. — $50,000 for electrical upgrades, installation of four exterior storm doors and tree trimming, and a homeowner rehabilitation match program; and
  • Porchlight Inc. — $50,000 for window replacement.

A complete list of the 2022 grant award recipients and their projects is available here.