Emergency Rental Assistance Program set to close Jan. 31

The Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance program (WERA), funded by the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program through the U.S. Department of Treasury, will close applications on Jan. 31 due to low remaining funds. Housing stability services will continue even after rental benefit funds are exhausted.

Applications are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Benefits will be paid to the extent that funding remains available, with priority given to households facing imminent eviction.

The counties of Brown, Dane, Milwaukee, and Waukesha, as well as the cities of Madison and Milwaukee, have operated their own emergency rental assistance programs. More information is available at doa.wi.gov/Pages/WERA.aspx.

Since launching in 2021, WERA has paid out over $242 million in benefits to support more than 38,865 unique households across all 72 counties with rent, utilities, water, and internet payments. Overall, the program has provided a total of $544 million statewide to help families avoid homelessness due to pandemic-related financial hardship.