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City of Milwaukee Rental Housing Stability Fund

2024 City of Milwaukee Rental Housing Stability Fund

If you are experiencing challenges with paying rent due to financial hardship within the last 60 days, you may be eligible for assistance through the newly established City of Milwaukee Rental Housing Stability Fund. This fund is designed to help City of Milwaukee tenants facing temporary income loss or hardship. Eligible applicants will receive a one-time assistance payment, provided they have the means to sustain their rent obligations moving forward.

Tenant Eligibility Criteria:

  • Lives in the City of Milwaukee.

  • Has verifiable, ongoing income to pay rent in the future after this one-time assistance payment.

  • Experienced temporary income hardship within the last 60 days, resulting in the inability to pay rent.

  • Owes less than 3 months of back rent.

  • Meets the Household Income Guidelines.

  • The monthly rent amount meets Fair Market Rent rates and unit passes habitability inspection.
  • Applicants who received Emergency Rental Assistance in 2021, 2022, or 2023 from Community Advocates or SDC will also be assessed for U.S. Treasury months of coverage eligibility.

How to Apply:

Tenants who meet the eligibility criteria outlined above are encouraged to come to Community Advocates for an in-person assessment. The Community Advocates Housing Team will provide assessment at our downtown location, 728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233, Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm. During these hours, tenants and landlords can consult with an intake specialist on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Housing team will assess needs and offer resources or referrals for rent and utilities assistance, landlord/tenant dispute resolution through neutral mediation, and relocation services through the Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center.

Additionally, eviction prevention resources are available through the Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center RentHelpMKE.org or by contacting them by phone at 414-895-RENT (7368).

What to Bring to Your Assessment:

The following documentation must be present to complete an assessment.

1.     Photo Identification

2.     Property Ownership Information

  • Name, address, phone number and email of landlord or property management company
  • Lease Agreement

3.     Ledger or Termination Notice indicating the rent amount and any arrears owed

4.     Household Income Information demonstrating current income

5.     Documentation of income hardship experienced within the last 60 days.

Submission of false or misleading documentation will result in an immediate denial of the application and disqualify the applicant from future assistance.