HOUSING & RENT ASSISTANCE

WERA Rent Assistance

 

Wisconsin’s new Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA) program launched in March 2021 in an effort to support residents who have experienced income loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding is being used to provide direct financial assistance for rent, utility, home energy costs, and wraparound services across the state.  Visit the Wisconsin CAP website to read their Frequently Asked Questions about the program. 

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You may also call 715-265-4271, press 2 for rent assistance and follow message instructions.  Email West CAP at westcap@wcap.org.  Landlord/Renter Fillable Forms:  CLICK HERE

 

HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS

Wisconsin Help for Homeowners (WHH) is a new statewide program that helps with overdue bills like mortgage payments, property taxes, and utilities.  The program opened ip in March 2022 to homeowners in Wisconsin with overdue housing-related bills, both with and without a mortgage, who meet income and other eligibility requirements, and have experienced a qualified economic hardship since January 21, 2020.

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HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHERS/Section 8

Provide long-term rent support at a participating unit of  choice in Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties.

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HOMELESS INTERVENTION

West CAP’s Homeless Intervention Program provides rent assistance to families and individuals experiencing homelessness.  HUD’s definition of homelessness as is pertains to eligibility for West CAP programs:

  • Individuals and families who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes a subset for an individual who is exiting an institution where he or she resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or a place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution
  • Individuals and families who are fleeing, or are attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individual or a family member.

You must first complete an Intake application. To do so, call our main office at 800-606-9227 or 715-265-4271 or fill out our Online Service Application.

RAPID RE-HOUSING

  • At or below 30% CMI
  • Must be literally homeless
  • Rent assistance and case management for 3-12 months
  • Must have a housing stabilization plan
  • Case management is at least monthly
  • West CAP pays the subsidy to the Landlord and the tenant pays their portion to the Landlord
  • Rent is based on 30% of your gross adjusted income

TENANT-BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE

  • Must be at or below 30% CMI
  • Must be literally homeless or fleeing a domestic violence situation
  • Rent assistance and case management for 12 months
  • Must have a housing stabilization plan
  • Case management is monthly
  • West CAP pays the subsidy to the Landlord and the tenant pays their portion to the Landlord
  • Rent is based on 30% of your gross adjusted income

PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

  • Must be at or below 30% CMI
  • Must be chronically homeless (homeless for one year or more, or experienced four homeless episodes in the past three years and an adult in the household has a disabling condition)
  • Assistance is on-going (not time limited)
  • Must have a housing stabilization plan
  • Rent is based on 30% of your gross adjusted income
  • West CAP pays the full rent to the landlord and you pay your portion to West CAP
  • West CAP provides assistance with security deposit and utilities
  • Financial assistance is available for the following: mental health, AODA, child care, health care, food, and transportation
  • Case management is weekly and in your home
  • This program is designed for those households that face significant challenges to maintaining stable housing due to mental illness, substance use, and/or chronic homelessness

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