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 program closed to new applications on January 31, 2023. 


Applications Are Now 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.  

A lightning bolt with the words Utility and Home Energy Payments             A house icon with the words Rent Payments           Two hands holding a gear with the words Services to help you stay in your home

​​​​​​​​​​​​Printable Program ​Flier

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; and,

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

Applications Closed Jan 31, 2023.
Information about the Wisco​nsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program, and remaining housing stability services are available in two convenient ways:

                    Your Local Community Action Agency: Click here or visit wiscap.org/wera          Energy Services, In.c Call: 1-833-900-9372 or Email support@wera.help

NOTE:  The counties of Brown, Dane, Milwaukee, and Waukesha, as well as the cities of Madison and Milwaukee, are operating their own emergency rental assistance programs and are not participating in the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance program. Interested residents in these areas should apply directly to their local government’s rental assistance provider, some of which are​​ listed below. ​

​​​Entitlement Area
Brown County​​Newcap
Brown County Website
​Waukesha County
​Community Advocates​​414-270-4646
Waukesha County Website
​Milwaukee County
​Community Advocates
Milwaukee County Website
​City of Milwaukee
​Social Development Commission
City of Milwaukee Website
Dane County & City of Madison​​Tenant Resource Center
​Dane County Website

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.