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Rental assistance programs in Wisconsin.

Financial assistance to help pay rent is available for low-income tenants, families, and people with no money in Wisconsin. A number of charity organizations, churches, and government social services provide grants, loans, or other support to renters, such as free legal aid or landlord-tenant mediation. There are also grants for security deposits and other housing costs. Locate rent assistance below in WI by county, city, and community.

Emergency rental assistance is limited, but there are some cases in which funds can be issued with a day or two. Priority is generally for families with kids (including single dads or moms in WI), veterans, senior citizens or the disabled. In addition, most of the rent assistance programs also require the applicant to work towards self-sufficiency, including budgeting, employment, and debt reduction agencies.

The homeless, or people that need to move in Wisconsin, can also get support. There is everything from security deposit help to free motel vouchers, grants to pay first and-or lasts months rent and other local resources in Wisconsin. All of these are noted below.

State of Wisconsin rent help for all communities

Assistance by county, city, and community is below. In addition, there are many short and long term rent as well as housing programs that cover all of Wisconsin. These range from consultations from lawyers that help tenants with legal needs to federal government ESG grants to pay rental arrears.

Tenant eviction prevention programs and rehousing are offered. Renters that have an eviction or pay or quit notice can get help. There is also financial help for utilities, if the loss of power would lead to homelessness. Federal ESG grants, United Way funds and others are available for helping WI tenants pay their rent. Find more details on tenant eviction prevention services in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Legal Aid and Services help low-income as well as elderly tenants. There are free legal consultations with housing needs. People close to, or facing eviction, will get advice for an attorney to help them stay in their apartment, home, or section 8 house. Locate a free lawyer for low-income renters in WI.

Cash assistance, including from Wisconsin W-2 works, will help people with no money and families living in poverty pay their rent. The government funds can also pay utilities, mortgages, security deposits or other housing costs. It is a time limited program for very low-income residents in the state, with applications taken locally. Learn how to apply for Wisconsin cash assistance.





Catholic Charities has churches and faith based groups in Wisconsin that help the low-income. Emergency hardship funds will help pay rent. There is also free furniture for an apartment, hotel vouchers, referrals to income based apartments as well as rent controlled homes. More on rent payment assistance from Catholic Charity.

Local community rent payment help in WI

Each city, town, and community in Wisconsin has local financial assistance programs that help with paying housing costs, including rent or utilities. Information on how and where to apply, including contact and phone numbers, are below.

Dodge County

Green Bay area

Kenosha County

Madison and programs for the county

Marathon County

Milwaukee County and City

Outagamie County

Racine County

Waukesha and Washington County


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