WI Emergency Rental Assistance Program


What assistance can WERA provide?

  • Up to 12 months of rental arrearages and/or rental assistance, plus an additional 3 months if the extra months are determined to be needed to ensure housing stability and funds are available.
  • Once a household’s rental arrears are reduced, assistance is only provided for up to three months at a time.
  • Recertification of household’s income eligibility is necessary after three months.
  • Only arrears starting March 13, 2020 are eligible.
  • Utility and housing energy payments and arrearages including electricity and gas.
  • Telecommunication services (telephone, cable, Internet) are not considered to be utilities.
  • Utilities covered by the landlord within rent will be treated as rent.
  • Provision of, or referral, for housing stability services.


Who qualifies for the WERA program?

At least one or more individuals in the household meets the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a significant reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship during the period of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability;
  • Has a household income at or below 80 percent of their county’s median income.

What is the area served by CWCAC Services?

  • CWCAC covers Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Juneau and Sauk counties.
  • If you live in a different county please visit wiscap.org for information on the WERA agency in your county.

Full FAQ available at Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) WERA Page.