WERA

From June through November 2020, WISCAP’s network, in partnership with the state, distributed over $28 million in rental assistance through the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP). Now, given additional federal funds, WISCAP and its statewide network is helping to get Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA) to those in need. The Frequently Asked Questions give an overview of the WERA program and eligibility guidelines. Please contact the agency that serves your area in order to apply.

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WERA

*If you live in the City of Milwaukee, City of Madison, Milwaukee County, Dane County, Waukesha County or Brown County, please skip the map and see Entitlement Areas*

Agencies Operating WERA

Please choose the county you live in on the map or using the drop down bar. When you click on your county one of the below will happen:

  1. You will be directed to an agency’s pre-screen application. Pre-screen applications help an agency determine your eligibility for WERA, these are not formal WERA applications. This is just the first step to get the rental assistance process started.
  2. An email will pop up on your screen. Please email that address and ask how to get started with their WERA application process.

Entitlement Areas

If you live in Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, Brown County, Dane County, City of Madison or City of Milwaukee you have to contact the local organization who is serving your area. WERA does not serve your area.

As of March 1st, the Emergency Rental Assistance programs from Waukesha County and City of Milwaukee are not up and running yet. Waukesha County is hopeful to be accepting applications by mid-March. WISCAP does not have an update on the City of Milwaukee’s timeline.

In the federal relief package that funds WERA, 6 areas of Wisconsin with populations over 200,000 are considered entitlement areas. This means they are receiving funding for rental assistance but are not a part of WERA. If you live in an entitlement area, you will need to contact the local organizations providing this service for information on their program.

Entitlement AreaOrganizationPhoneWebsite
Brown CountyNewcap800-242-7334Click Here
Waukesha CountyTo be determinedN/AN/A
Milwaukee CountyCommunity Advocates414-270-4646Click Here
City of MilwaukeeTo be determinedN/AN/A
Dane County &
City of Madison
Tenant Resource Center608-257-0006Click Here

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What assistance can WERA provide?

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2. What if I have received rental assistance elsewhere?

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3. Who qualifies for the WERA program?

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4. What documentation from the landlord will I need?

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5. What documents will I need to provide?

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6. If someone applies for rental assistance through a Community Action Agency, while the application is being processed are landlords able to take eviction action?

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7. Will any services be offered to displaced families that may require additional cost?

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8. What is the turnaround time for program approval and disbursement of checks?

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9. Are in-person meetings required? Are virtual meetings allowed?

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10. Are mortgage payments eligible?

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11. Does my unemployment count as income?

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Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA) is being coordinated by WISCAP and local CAAs, is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration, and is funded by the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program through the U.S. Department of Treasury.