Dane County CARES Eviction Prevention Program - Tenant Resource Center - [TRC]



Dane County CARES Eviction Prevention Program

For the past 40 years, the Tenant Resource Center has worked tirelessly to fulfill our mission of Housing Justice throughout the State of Wisconsin. We know that there has always been great need in our community for eviction prevention – rental assistance, mediation and housing counseling. With the onset of COVID-19, the need for those services has exponentially increased which why we are so proud to be able to partner with Dane County Human Services to facilitate the disbursement of Federal CARES Act rental assistance funds throughout Dane County.

Program Eligibility: Eligible Costs: Documents Needed:
  1. Residents of Dane County
  2. COVID-19 Economic Hardship
  3. Household Income ≤ 80% AMI
  4. Adult (18+)
  • Rental Arrears (Back-Owed Rent)
  • Upcoming Rent Due (Next Month)

*Not to exceed 4 months' rent total*


Frequently Asked Questions:

• When will assistance check begin being mailed out? Monday, June 22, 2020

• Are subsidized units eligible for this assistance? YES!

• Is mobile home lot rent eligible? YES!

• Is immigration status asked / required to apply or receive funds? NO!

• If I'm staying in a hotel/motel, can I receive funds? In some circumstances - YES.

• Can I receive funds if I applied for / received W.R.A.P assistanceYES, as long as the request is not for the same rental period (double payments are not permitted).

• Can these funds pay for mortgage payments? NO.

• Can these funds pay for commercial property rent? NO. These funds are only available for residential tenants.

• Can these funds pay for fees connected to my late rent? DEPENDS - A temporary change to Wisconsin Regulations (ATCP 134) prohibited landlords from charging late rent fees due to COVID-19. For more information and the dates this restriction includes, please read more here.

• I need help filling out the form or getting the documents needed to apply, can you help me? YES! Please see our list of Volunteer Community Partners below or call into the TRC @ 608-257-0006 x7 and one of our staff will return your call ASAP.

• Can I apply now and again later if I can't keep up with my rent? Yes, but this program will end when all County funds are exhausted.

• Can I apply for July and August rent now? YES, and NO. July rent assistance requests are eligible at this time. AUGUST rent is not as we are hopeful that you will no longer be experiencing Economic Hardship as a result of COVID-19 but if you are you may apply for August rental assistance starting July 15th if funds are still available.


Prioritization of Applications:

We want these funds to reach everyone who is in need, however we know that these funds will not be enough. The County Board and Tenant Resource Center has developed a list of priorities based on data from the past 20 years of Dane County evictions. These will be utilized to prioritize rental assistance to tenants with the greatest need and who are at greatest risk of losing housing. Once an application is completed and submitted, the responses from the applicant will be prioritized based on risk. All information provided by the applicant will remain confidential. We understand that often times folks with criminal cases or evictions on CCAP are discriminated against or excluded from assistance, that is not the purpose of these application questions, but rather to show increased risk of possible homelessness. Those who work in housing services deeply understand the difficulty in obtaining stable housing in Dane County with past experiences of eviction or incarceration. This program was created as a crisis response to prevent eviction and homelessness.


• Tenants at or below 50% of County AMI
• Tenants who currently have housing challenges
○ Active Eviction Filing
○ Received a Notice (i.e. 5-day, 14-day, etc.)
• Tenants who have past housing challenges and barriers to obtaining new housing
○ CCAP listings
• Eviction
• Criminal Cases
○ Past experience(s) of homelessness
○ Need for accessible units or other disabilities

If you would like to learn more about Housing and Eviction in Dane County, please check out the following reports/articles, contact us at AskTRC@TenantResourceCenter.org or contact your Alder or County Board Supervisor to hear about what that looks like within your neighborhood.

Evicted in Dane County, Wisconsin

Rental Housing Affordability in Dane County

Is you neighborhood gentrified? Madison report identifies areas of displacement

City of Madison Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 2019

Multiple Eviction: An Investigation of Chain Displacement in Dane County, Wisconsin

Understanding the Causes of Eviction-Based Urban Displacement

Geography of Opportunity Fair Housing Equity Assessment WI Capital Region


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Landlord/Property Manager Information

Please consider helping your tenants apply for the Dane County CARES rental assistance funds by having W9s printed and ready to go for them as well as the Landlord Agreement. We know that both you and tenants are stressed by the economic hardship that has been caused by COVID-19. We know that eviction and turn-over in units is really costly to you. By helping tenants access these funds, we are hopeful that at least some of that stress will be reduced.

We cannot pay fees that fall under the protections of either the Federal CARES Act Moratorium or the temporary addition to ATCP 134.09. Both prohibit late fees at this time. If you are unsure if your property falls under the Federal CARES Act Moratorium, you can check here or talk with whomever holds your mortgage.

Many financial institutions are working closely with their mortgage-holders in regards to forbearance and refinancing. Please be sure to check with your financial institution to find out what assistance may be available to you as a property owner.


Community Partners

Please consider contacting one of our community partners if you need assistance filling out the online application for Rental Assistance if you are in any way connected to them or would like to be.


Common Wealth Development

Point(s) of Contact:

John Wroten

Email: john@cwd.org

Marquis Sanders

Email: marquis@cwd.org

Preferred Contact Method:

608.577.4571

Website:

https://www.cwd.org/

Languages:

English

Area of Service:

Southwest Madison and Allied neighborhoods

We currently run a JOB SHOP for both neighborhoods. We have the ability to help tenants by phone or in person by appointment.

       


DSS Community Center

Point of Contact:

Felicia Davis

Preferred Contact Method:

(608) 577-4571

Website:

http://www.dsscommunitycenter.com/

Languages:

English, Spanish,

Area of Service:

The Northside Brentwood Area and the Westside Allied area

     

Friends of the State Street Family

Point of Contact:

Outreach Line 

Preferred Contact Method:

608.577.4571

Website:

https://friendsofthestatestreetfamily.org/

Languages:

English

Area of Service:

Madison Area

     

Greater Madison Resource Center

Point of Contact:

Kelly LeGrand

Email: gmrcmadison@gmail.com

Preferred Contact Method:

608.770.1174

Website:

https://gmrcmadison.com/

Languages:

English, Spanish

Assistive Technology Available:

Willing to assist as needed in connecting community members with assistive technology in order to complete application.

Area of Service:

Anywhere in Dane County

       

INA' STREETS

Point of Contact:

Lolita Phillips

Preferred Contact Method:

608.381.3260

Languages:

English

Area of Service:

Westside of Madison

     

Me to We LLC

Point of Contact:

Johnnie Walton

Preferred Contact Method:

608.408.8233

Languages:

English, Spanish,

Area of Service:

Northside and Westside of Madison

     

Meadowood Health Partnership

Point of Contact:

Sheray Wallace

Preferred Contact Method:

608.622.2355

Languages:

English, Spanish, Portuguese

Area of Service:

Southwest Madison primarily but will assist with North and Eastside residents as needed.

     

Movin' Out, Inc.

Point of Contact:

Mary Myers

Email: mm@movin-out.org

Preferred Contact Method:

608.229.6916

Website:

http://www.movin-out.org

Languages:

English and some Spanish (not fluent)

Area of Service:

Anywhere in Dane County.

Movin' Out's is best suited to assist low income households in which at least one member has a permanent disability.

       

NAMI Dane County (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Point of Contact:

Anna Moffit

Email: amoffit@namidanecounty.org

Preferred Contact Method:

608.249.7188

Address:

2059 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704

Website:

https://www.namidanecounty.org/

Languages:

English, Spanish

Area of Service:

Dane County – Our office is located on Atwood

       

Catholic Multicultural Center

Point of Contact:

Lilliam Post

Email: lilliam@cmcmadison.org

Preferred Contact Method:

608.441.3257

Languages:

English, Spanish

Area of Service:

south side of Madison, including town of Madison

       

Roots4Change Coop

Point of Contact:

Mariela Victoria Quesada Centeno

Email: soporte@roots4change.coop

Preferred Contact Method:

608.692.3549

Website:

https://roots4change.coop/

Languages:

Spanish and Quechua

Area of Service:

All of Dane County – via phone.

       

Safe Communities

Point of Contact:

Lana Hamilton

Email: lhamilton@safercommunity.net

Preferred Contact Method:

608.957.6213

Website:

http://safercommunity.net

Languages:

English

Area of Service:

All areas of Dane County

       

START (Stoughton Area Resource Team)

Point of Contact:

Cindy Thompson

Email: cthompson@startstoughton.org

Preferred Contact Method:

608.577.4571

Website:

http://www.startstoughton.org/

Languages:

English

Area of Service:

Stoughton

       

 

Sankofa Educational Leadership United

Point(s) of Contact:

Jalateefa Joe-Meyers 

Julia Marin

Email: Jalateefa@Sankofaelu.com 

Email: Juliam@sankofaelu.com

Preferred Contact Method:

608-618-9977 (Jalateefa Joe-Meyers)

608-618-5075 (Julia Marin)

Website: https://sankofaeducationalleadershipunited.simdif.com/index.html

   

Languages:

English, Spanish, Portuguese

Area of Service:

Sankofa Talent and Gifted is a private community school that was originally established in response to urban and suburban  school districts failure to educate African American children  and children with disabilities effectively. Over the last 9 years there has been an abundance of evidence that African American children across all socioeconomic statuses in both urban and suburban areas are not accessing educational resources at the same rate of their European peers. Our goal is to support families by nurturing the true nature of children and families and to provide a supportive network around each and every family because raising children truly takes a village. 

       

 

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