Tenant Resource Center

The CDC Moratorium has been extended until June 30, 2021. Please click here to read more or use our CDC Eviction Moratorium Declaration App

Now that the order has been extended, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has clarified that tenants do not need to resubmit a CDC declaration to maintain their protections through June. So, if you already filed a declaration with your landlord prior to the extension, you shouldn't need to fill out another. Read more above for more information about the CDC Eviction Moratorium.

CDC issues Order to Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions To Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19

This moratorium does not automatically protect tenants and only applies to qualified tenants. Please click on the above link to read more about the CDC Eviction Moratorium. If you'd like to see if you qualify and/or fill out the required declaration paperwork please use our online app.  If you need a paper copy there are paper forms available at most Madison Public Library locations, either outside for pick-up or inside.  No appointment is necessary.  608-315-5151 or the library website: https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/ can confirm hours for each location (they bring them in at night if outside), but every library location that is currently open and providing limited services can provide this form to folks. 

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In this 40th year of service, we need your help more than ever to ensure that our mission "Housing Justice in Wisconsin" remains a reality. 


Please consider becoming a monthly sustainer or donating to our  HOUSING CRISIS FUND

Your donations help keep our community members and our staff stabily housed. We are in unprecedented times. Even before COVID-19, Dane County was suffering a housing crisis, but now we are witnessing our community members lose their housing, employment and health at alarming rates. Each day we receive hundreds of calls from folks in need of financial assistance and advice about housing law. Each night as we leave our offices we bear witness to the growing number of community members - men, women and children at intersections asking for help and in the parks setting up a tent to sleep in because they've lost employment and housing. Please consider donating if you can or volunteering if you are willing - we are grateful to be able to serve our community and to fight for Housing Justice!

Big Thanks to our neighborhood partners MNA (Marquette Neighborhood Association), DMNA  (Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood Association), and VSH Village of Shorewood Hills Housing Crisis Response Efforts!!

As many of you know Dane County was in a housing crisis before any of us ever heard of COVID-19. The Tenant Resource Center has long been the only organization in the entire State of Wisconsin that provides education and information to anyone seeking a better understanding of tenant-landlord law. All of our services are free of charge and we intend to keep it that way; sadly though, information alone does not always keep people secure in their housing. Since the onset of the pandemic, it's only gotten more and more difficult as our most vulnerable tenants have experiences staggering loss of employment and other benefits - these are folks who were already living pay-check to pay-check due to low wages and high costs of housing. We are grateful for all of the generous donations that have come in this year in support of folks in the housing crisis and even more so of the work that two of our neighborhood associations took upon themselves. If you are a member of either neighborhood and would like to know more please check it out. If you are a member of another neighborhood association and would like to set up a housing crisis fund via TRC please feel free to reach out. Here's to Housing Justice and community members getting it done! 

Due to COVID-19, we have had to close our offices to walk-ins. We are providing all services via call back service. Please call 608.257.0006 to get answers to your questions about Wisconsin Tenant-Landlord law, request assistance for eviction prevention, mediation, and to get other information and assistance related to housing security.

**Due to extremely large call volumes our response times may be much longer than normal. We are working as quickly as possible to return calls, but please expect long delays in us returning your call. In your message, please let us know what time of day is best for us to call you back. **

Our mission remains the same as it has for the last 40 years:

  • 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

Click here for a printable brochure with information about our programs.  All our services are free and for Wisconsin clients unless otherwise noted.

  • Housing Counseling: We provide free information on rental rights and responsibilities to Dane County tenants and landlords who call or email (our offices are currently closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic). We have sample letters, forms, and brochures on most major topics. Services are available in English, Spanish and Arabic.
    • Note: This service was previously available statewide. Unfortunately, due to funding cuts, this service is only available for those living in Dane County. Want to help us restore this service statewide? Visit our Help TRC page for more information.
  • Campus Office: We offer services especially for UW Madison students.  We have an office at the Student Activity Center (currently closed due to COVID-19). We offer free presentations around campus when in regular session. Please Contact us if you are interested in a campus presentation.
  • Community Outreach and Education:  We provide outreach and education through a brochure series and local workshops. 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. A fee is required for these workshops outside Dane County.
  • Housing Law Seminars: We teach a biannual Housing Law Seminar series for landlords and service providers throughout Wisconsin. A participation fee is required. 
  • Eviction Prevention Clinic (aka EPC)
    • We provide free information about tenant and landlord rights/responsibilities, relevant housing laws, and basic information about the court process to tenants and landlords at eviction court in Dane County. Services are available before the eviction hearing or mediation. Please note that our housing counselors are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice or represent anyone in court.
    • If tenants are evicted, we help those tenants look for housing, make a plan so they don't end up in a homeless shelter, and help them understand what services might be available in Dane County.
    • If tenants enter into a payment plan at court, we can work with those tenants for up to three months to help make sure they meet that agreement.
    • Limited funds may be available for nonpayment of rent for those who have been homeless in the past 5 years, have a large family (5 or more) or who need an accessible unit.
  • Housing Mediation Service: Our trained mediators assist by helping to negotiate workable, fair agreement between tenants and landlords both during the Small Claims Court eviction hearings and out of court (prior to eviction filings) in order to prevent homelessness. Mediation services are only for Dane County residents (free service of charge).
  • Housing Services: We offer assistance finding housing, including limited case management, eviction prevention services and rapid rehousing services. These services are only available through direct referral from the Dane County Coordinated Entry system.

Looking to connect with us about our programs or services? Please contact our Executive Director, Robin Sereno: <[email protected]>

Our Staff

  • Abbey C., Housing Case Manager (Bilingual - Spanish)
  • Alli B., Housing Specialist - Eviction Prevention
  • Allison S., Housing Specialist - Dane CORE
  • Amy N., Housing Specialist - Dane CORE
  • Arik G., Housing Specialist - Dane CORE
  • Bob M., Housing Counselor
  • Bryan A.,Housing Specialist - Eviction Prevention
  • Chrisbelly A., Housing Counselor (Bilingual - Spanish)
  • Debra P., Program Director, Eviction Prevention Clinic
  • Denyse J., Housing Specialist - Dane CORE
  • Drew W., Data Specialist
  • Emma F., Housing Specialist - Eviction Prevention
  • Gretchen E., Housing Specialist - Eviction Prevention
  • Josh E., Housing Specialist - Dane CORE
  • Kora S.Housing Case Manager
  • Maggie J.D., Housing Counselor
  • Matt K., Finance Director 
  • Maria B., Housing Specialist - Dane CORE (Bilingual - Spanish)
  • Melinda D., Program Director, Tenant Services 
  • Mya S., Housing Specialist - Dane CORE
  • Nathan W., Housing Specialist
  • Nazka S., Housing Specialist - Dane CORE (Bilingual - Spanish)
  • Nik N., Housing Specialist - Eviction Prevention
  • Niko M.Housing Specialist - Dane CORE
  • Robin S., Executive Director
  • Rose M., Housing Case Manager
  • Sarah B., Housing Specialist (Arabic)
  • Shenise M., Program Director, Eviction Prevention

Our Board of Directors

  • Laura Dixson-Kruijf, President
  • Hannah Renfro, Vice-President
  • Erin Lethlean, Treasurer
  • Megan O'Connell, Secretary
  • Saundra Brown
  • Enzo Ciarletta

Interested in serving on our Board of Directors? Fill out our Board Member Application. Paper copies available through [email protected]

Our Funding

The TRC is funded by:

Associated Students of MadisonCity of MadisonHousing 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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