Madison assistance programs.

Below are examples and some agencies that serve and focus on the immediate Madison Wisconsin area. However a number of financial assistance programs also operate Dane County. Get an extensive listing of Dane County assistance programs.

Rent Help

The Community Development Authority of Madison Wisconsin provide low-income tenants with help paying rent in either private or nonprofit rental housing and apartments. The free grants and assistance provided can run from less than $100 per month all the way up to enough aid to cover most of a month’s rent, depending on a tenant’s income. Madison Wisconsin provides almost 2,000 families per year with rent help. The city’s Community Development Authority has run the program and provided this aid for many years. Call (608) 266-4675

Emergency help for bills, rent, housing, and even debts in Madison Wisconsin

Several different non-profits, charities, and Madison area organizations focus on the less fortunate in the region. Some of the agencies are listed here. But as indicated above, all be sure to review the resources throughout Dane County.

Evangel Life Center is a partnership of Madison area churches and religious organizations. You need to apply, and each application will be reviewed on a one off basis. The group can provide up to $75 to help people who are faced with a crisis situation. The grants provided by the church help families in the region with paying their mortgage, rent, heating and energy bills, security deposits, rental application fees, moving expenses, automotive repairs, general utilities even including water bills and telephone bills, bus tickets, taxi fare, medical fees and debts (including dental bills, prescriptions, co-payments, eye doctor bills, counseling bills), train tickets, education-related fees, and work and career enhancing related fees. Dial (608) 222-4900  to speak to the coalition of local churches.





Porchlight, which is based in Madison Wisconsin, runs several assistance programs including an eviction-prevention program. This particular service provides grants as well as direct financial assistance to households in the community that are facing facing homelessness. The programs administered currently combine emergency financial assistance with credit counseling, debt reduction and tenant education. The eviction prevention program helps with paying rent, offering funds to pay first months rent and security deposits, as well as rental applications fees. Call (608) 222-4900.

Another local resource/non-profit is the Middleton Outreach Ministry. Call (608) 836-7338. Counseling is offered, such as financial tutoring and budgeting. Those services are combined with credit repair and debt management programs. In addition, the agency can provide information on Section 8, emergency rent help, money to pay security deposits, and other housing aid.

Additional County resources

Madison families may also be qualified for assistance programs that are available across the county. There are numerous charities that provide support to struggling households, and find assistance in Dane County.




By Jon McNamara

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