WI Emergency Rental Assistance Program


Wisconsinites should not fear being evicted, having their utilities shut off, or being without a place to live because their budgets have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


​The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) is partnering with members of the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association, as well as Energy Services, Inc., to assist eligible renters experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide help with rent, utilities, and/or other housing stability services.​ 

The Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance program is no longer accepting applications based on funding availability. Please note that due to the volume of pending applications, financial assistance is not guaranteed. 


​WERA Applications Are Closed

Housing stability services remain available. 
Any remaining benefits will be paid to the extent that funding remains available, 
with priority given to households facing imminent eviction.  

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Wisconsin Homeowners can also get assistance through the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners program.


​​ ​Who is Eligible? 

​​​Your household may qualify if at least one or more individuals in your home meet the following:

1) Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, experienced major costs, or experienced financial struggles due to COVID-19;

2) Demonstrates a risk of being evicted or losing your ho​me;

3) Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the county median;

4) Has not exceeded 18 months in previous WERA support. 

Contact Energy Services at support@wera.help​ or by calling 833-900-9372

This initiative​ is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration and funded by the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program through the U.S. Department of Treasury.