If you are unable to pay your rent on time, you may be at risk for eviction. Try to pay what you can! Be proactive and talk to your landlord if you are not able to pay. Communication is key!
- CDC Eviction Prevention Information
Phone: (608) 257-0006
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an order pausing evictions until March 31 for those unable to pay rent due to the coronavirus. Check here to see if you are covered by this order and to produce a declaration to share with your landlord.
Dane CORE (COronavirus Rental Assistance) Program
The City of Madison and Dane County’s rental assistance program will be operated by Tenant Resource Center and called Dane CORE (COronavirus Rental Assistance) Program.
The City and Dane County recently announced the availability of up to $16 million of emergency rental assistance from the federal government that will be used to support payment of rent arrears. In addition, President Biden recently extended the federal eviction moratorium through March 31st. These emergency funds are essential to our community and we recognize the need for them to be dispersed quickly to support struggling tenants and landlords. In order to meet the anticipated demand for these funds, the City and County are working with Tenant Resource Center to open applications for emergency rental assistance the week of February 15th.
Applications will not be available prior to Monday, February 15th.
Our priority is to ensure community members stay safely housed. We are asking for property owners to work with us during this time to meet that goal. We know these funds will not meet the full needs of our community but we anticipate additional funds will be made available to us to continue expanding the program to cover the massive rent shortfall. We will ask, in exchange for providing allowable back rent for eligible tenants to make agreements those tenants will not be displaced. As a community, we need to work together to ensure we can stabilize households as we all “Build Back Better” throughout this pandemic.
Dane CORE Eligibility:
- Have a household income at or below 50% area median income (AMI); and,
- A member of the household must be qualified for unemployment benefits or be able to attest in writing that they have experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19; and,
- Be able to demonstrate the risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by having rent arrears notice or eviction notice.
- Applicants must have a valid signed lease.
Other Dane CORE Program Guidelines:
- The program will only be able to pay back-owed rents (arrears)
- Landlords will be able to apply on behalf of tenants (with tenant co-signing application)
- Payments are made directly to landlords on behalf of tenants
- DO NOT submit paperwork from the now defunct CARES Program or to CAC’s W.R.A.P program - it will not be accepted as it is not applicable.
- Please stay tuned for additional updates.
How To Access Funding:
- When the application is available, a link will be posted here. You can also visit Tenant Resource Center to check for updates.
Other Resources for Renters
- Tenant Resource Center
Phone: (608) 257-0006
For questions about your rights as a renter, how to negotiate with your landlord, and rental resources.
- Legal Action of Wisconsin
Phone: (608) 256-3304
Provides a video and resources on illegal evictions and legal assistance to low-income and senior individuals.
- Housing Navigation Services
Phone: (608) 826-8093
Can assist with finding and applying for housing. Provided by Catholic Charities.
- Homeless Services Consortium of Dane County
Phone: (608) 266-6254
If you are homeless or in danger of losing your housing during the COVID-19 crisis, the Homeless Services Consortium of Dane County guide has a listing of available resources.
Financial Resources Hotline
Madison residents seeking help navigating the above resources or other financial concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic can contact a new, free hotline to be connected with a “Financial Navigator” – a person they can talk to about their financial concerns. Learn more or sign up for a session.