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Milwaukee County and city rental assistance programs.

Families that are struggling to pay their rent in Milwaukee County can get help from churches, government resources or non-profits. Depending on the situation and the need of the tenant, the assistance is provided in the form of a grant or there may also be additional short term financial aid provided. Other agencies in the county help with security deposits or offer advice to stop an eviction, including referrals to rent programs.

While more information on organizations to contact is below, one of they key programs is the EA Grant. This can cover various housing expenses for Milwaukee families. Whether a resident needs money for paying back rent, funds to turn on their utilities, or security deposit help, this or other forms of aid may be able to assist. However, this is not the only option for those seeking financial help for their rent, as other charities may also have resources available.

America Works Of Wisconsin - YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is based at 1915 N Martin Luther King Dr. Call (414) 267-3900 for intake.
Maximus - W2 Office West Central Region is based at 4201 N 27th St - Eaton Building. The primary phone number for information on EA grants for rent is (414) 203-8500.
Ross Innovative Employment Solutions - Address is 6550 N 76th St. The number is (414) 760-6060
UMOS - United Migrant Opportunity Services is located at 2701 S Chase. Dial (414) 389-6600

The Milwaukee based agencies listed above all provide rent help from a program known as JAL, or the Job Access Loan. This needs to be focused on a homeless or eviction event that could result in the loss of employment.

Another assistance program for rent or even a security or utility deposit is the EA - Emergency Assistance Grant. This is only for families with children, but it can also assist single moms or a senior taking care of a child as well. The grant, which is from the agencies above, can also be applied to utility or water bill arrears that could lead to an eviction, or rent on private or public housing.




Lad Lake
Address is 225 W Capitol Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 332-2690
Young adults or teenagers in Milwaukee County can receive rent or housing assistance from the  Independent Living services program. Learn about low income apartments, government grants for bills or rent, and more.

Volunteers of America of Wisconsin
Address is 1661 North Water Street Suite 401
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Telephone - (414) 847-1515
Funding is limited, but eviction prevention or emergency assistance for rent may be offered for veterans. Shelter and transitional housing is also available.

Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
Downtown Office - 521 North 8th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone - (414) 727-5300
Very low income tenants, and senior citizens regardless of their income, can get free advice from lawyers. They can help stop evictions, assist with applications to rent or housing programs, and offer other support.

Volunteer attorneys also provide free advice from the Eviction Defense Project. They represent renters in housing court, review leases, provide referrals to grant programs for helping with rent, and fight discrimination. Find more details on the eviction defense program in Milwaukee.

Department of Development
West Allis City Hall
Milwaukee, WI 53214
Main phone - (414) 302-8468
Referrals may be provided to homeless prevention or rehousing services.





Housing Division, Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services
Location is 1220 W. Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI - 53205
Main phone - (414) 289-6542
Struggling families, lower income seniors, and the disabled can learn about everything from section 8 rent vouchers to job placement. Assistance for various housing costs may be arranged.

Emergency homeless assistance programs support tenants that are behind on their rent, homeowners with a mortgage, and the people that need rehousing in Milwaukee. Applicants can be provided money for housing expenses such as security deposits, utilities or rental arrears. Other services include legal aid or motel vouchers, and read more Milwaukee County homeless prevention programs.

St. Vincent De Paul Society Of Milwaukee
Address: 9601 W Silver Spring Dr
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53225
Telephone - (414) 462-7863
The charity and its volunteers may have limited funding for rent and related costs, such as energy bills.

Salvation Army
4129 W Villard Ave, Milwaukee, WI, (414) 463-3300
6341 S 27th St, Franklin, Wisconsin, (414) 761-7733
11315 W Watertown Plank Rd, Wauwatosa, WI, (800) 264-6412
While funding is limited, some of the local centers may have money for rental expenses, referrals, or operate shelters that can provide a family time to save money for their housing needs.

AIDs Resource Center Of Wisconsin, Inc.
820 North Plankinton Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
(414) 273-1991
They only support households with a member that has HIV or tenants with AIDs.

Community Action Agency and the Societal Development Commission also runs rent, deposit as well as housing programs. Low income tenants, minorities, and immigrants as well as others can learn about grant programs for paying rent, home buying solutions, and get eviction help. Job and debt programs are also combined with emergency rental assistance. More on housing resources from Societal Development Commission.





Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee
P.O. Box 324
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0324
(414) 286-5678.
When the waiting list is open, section 8 vouchers are for very low income families that are employed. This can help pay for a portion of future rent, but deposits are not covered. This is the main government program for Milwaukee County families in poverty.

Regional Housing – Rent Program
011 West Lisbon Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53210
Telephone - (414) 286-5650
This service is part of section 8, and it allows clients to pay 30 to 40% of their income for rent on a private home or public housing in the city.


By Jon McNamara

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