Tenant Resource Center

Our Mission: 

"For Housing Justice in Wisconsin"

  • Real Life, Real Solutions
  • Keeping Families Safe in their Homes
  • Unlocking the Doors to Affordable Housing

The Tenant Resource Center is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to promoting positive relations between rental housing consumers (tenants) and providers (landlords) throughout Wisconsin. By providing information and referrals, education about rental rights and responsibilities, and access to conflict resolution, we empower the community to obtain and maintain quality affordable housing.

Our Programs

The Tenant Resource Center has several different programs. Click here for a printable brochure with information about our programs.

  • Community Outreach and Education:  We provide outreach and education through a brochure series, local workshops, seminars and books on landlord and tenant law. We give informative presentations around Wisconsin, are available for media interviews and participate in community coalitions. Contact us if you are interested in working with us in any of these capacities.  We teach biannual Housing Law Seminar series aimed at landlords and service providers.
    • City of Madison residents (free service)
    • UW-Madison students (free service)
    • Dane County, outside City of Madison (fee required)
    • Wisconsin outside Dane County (fee required)
  • Housing Mediation Service: We administer a program where certified mediators facilitate negotiations between tenants and landlords during the Small Claims Court eviction hearings each week in order to prevent homelessness.  These mediators are also available for out of court mediations that are inside Dane County.
    • Dane County residents, including City of Madison (free service at Small Claims Court for evictions, fees for out-of-court mediation)
  • Homeless Services:  Assistance finding housing, including limited case management
    • Dane County residents, including City of Madison (free service)
    • Spanish and Hmong services for City of Madison only (free service)
  • Security Deposit Loan Program:  Sponsored by the Madison Mennonite Church.
    • City of Madison residents only

Our Staff

  • Brenda K. Konkel, Executive Director
  • Anders Z.,  Campus, Program Assistant and Spanish Bilingual Housing Resource Specialist (part-time)
  • Megan O., Lead Case Manager, Program Assistant, Homeless Outreach, Spanish Bilingual Housing Resource Specialist 
  • Shenise M.Housing Resource Specialist
  • Cristina L. Hmoob Bilingual Housing Resource Specialist, Hmong Outreach
  • Anne B., Spanish Bilingual Housing Resource Specialist, Spanish Outrach
  • Laura DK., Program Assistant and Spanish Bilingual Housing Resource Specialist (Spanish) (part-time)
  • Keith S., Housing Counselor (part-time)
  • Lauren S., Office Manager
  • Hunter P., Housing Counselor (part-time)
  • Andrea I., Housing Counselor, Office Assistant (part-time)
  • Alix S., Eviction Clinic
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Our Board of Directors

  • Pearl Foster, President
  • Amanda Munsey, Vice President
  • Justin Schober, Treasurer
  • Kayleigh ChionoSecretary
  • Michael Donnelly
  • Thomas Fuestel
  • Vanessa Lauber
  • William Tomlinson
  • Isaac Vetter
  • Steve Vig

Interested in serving on our Board of Directors? Fill out our Board Member Application and return it to bkonkel@tenantresourcecenter.org

Our Funding

The TRC is funded by:

Community Shares of Wisconsin City of Madison Associated Students of Madison Housing and Urban Development


AND of course, we are funded by the extraordinary ordinary people who see our value and then send us a few of their hard-earned dollars. Please consider donating if you are able.




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