Several non-profit organizations and charities focus on helping Dane County Wisconsin residents with paying rent. Most of the programs do have conditions that need to be met, and funding is limited. Below you will find information on the agencies to call in the Madison and Dane County area for rental assistance.
The conditions that need to be met will vary by agency, and it is always recommended that tenants call in advance. In general, one or more of the following conditions need to be met. The applicant will need to be faced with imminent eviction. They will need to provide a plan on how they will get back on track with paying for their housing on their own in the future. The applicant must also have a job, or be ready to start employment. The rent assistance programs are not charity care but are rather short term, so individuals must soon be able to get back on track on their own.
Porchlight Inc. - Eviction prevention assistance is offered as part of the DIGS rent assistance program. Services provide housing assistance, help finding a job, and free legal aid as well, which can be used to help resolve landlord/tenant disputes. DIGS is formally known as Dwelling Intervention Grants and Sustenance. The program will help reduce homelessness in Dane County and Madison through emergency financial assistance. Many churches and local charities also distribute grants. Call (608) 252-8522
Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (CAC) - Offers emergency rental assistance. Get help for housing, energy bills, security deposits, eviction prevention services, and other financial help. Call 608-244-0466
Stoughton Human Services, part of community action - Dial for limited funding, and information on social services and rental assistance. They may have eviction prevention funding as well. (608) 246-4730
Stoughton area Joining Forces for Families (608) 873-2172 is another low income and housing agency.
Another resource is known as the Start Program. This can offer grant money for eviction prevention, and the funding may even help single people without children. Phone: (608) 260-4646.
County Social Services - 1202 Northport Dr., Madison, Wisconsin 53704, (608) 242-6200
Offers a number of government assistance programs, low income housing, and services like Section 8 housing vouchers to Madison and Dane County families.
Domestic Abuse Shelter - Dane County. Advocates For Battered Women, Madison, Wisconsin 53701, (608) 251-4445. For abused women and children.
CDBG Office - Madison - Administers the federal government funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Funds for security deposits and other self-sufficiency and case management services are administered. (608) 261-9148
Wisconsin Partnership For Housing Development Inc. A place for information and referrals. The non-profit is involved in expanding access to affordable housing opportunities through agreements and partnerships among the public, nonprofit and private sectors in Dane County. (608) 258-5560
AIDs Network - 600 Williamson St Ste H, Madison, Wisconsin 53703, (608) 252-6540 - Offers assistance to HIV patients and their families. Apply for rental/utility assistance, housing counseling, and emergency shelter. Staff can deal with housing discrimination issues and offer landlord advocacy solutions.
AIDs Resource Center Of Wisconsin, 121 S Pinckney St Ste 210, Madison, WI 53703, (608) 258-9103 Ext. 14. A Comprehensive Housing Program can provide Residential Housing, and limited amounts of financial assistance. Apply for rent, security deposits, and other housing resources.
Middleton Outreach Ministry, 7432 Hubbard Ave, Middleton, WI 53562, phone number - (608) 836-7338
Tenant Resource Center - 1819 Aberg Ave Rm 2, Madison, Wisconsin 53704, (608) 242-7406. Various programs for tenants. Legal aid, grants, and money for back rent.
Evangel Life Center, Madison, WI 53708, (608) 222-4900 Ext. 9
Housing Initiatives, 1110 Ruskin St, Madison, Wisconsin 53704, dial (608) 277-8330. Learn about low income housing, and get help in applying for section 8, rental assistance, and other financial aid.
Community Action Coalition For South Central Wisconsin, 1717 N Stoughton Rd, Madison, Wisconsin 53704, telephone (608) 246-4730. Extensive referrals and information on local financial assistance programs are available. Also learn about transitional housing resources.
Dane County Veterans Service Office, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd Rm 108, City County Building, Madison, WI 53703-3342, (608) 266-4158. Funds and government grants for military members, veterans, and their families. Emergency rental assistance provided.
Deforest Area Needs Network is based at 305 E Holum St, De Forest, Wisconsin 53532 (dial (608) 846-9603) may have small dollar amounts of money for rent. Other services include counseling and help for housing related bills, such as energy costs.
Neighbors in Need of Assistance can only covers the Oregon School District area. Emergency funds for rent, eviction prevention services, and other financial help is available from the non-profit. Address is Oregon, WI 53575, phone (608) 835-4188.
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