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Milwaukee County Rental Housing Stability Fund

2024 Milwaukee County 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 Milwaukee County Rental Housing Stability Fund. This fund is designed to help Milwaukee County 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 Milwaukee County.

  • 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.

  • 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:

Step 1: Visit the Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center with Required Support Documentation for a Consultation

Assessments are done in person, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center in the Community Advocates downtown building at 728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233. Clients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Step 2: If you meet the criteria, you will be invited to complete a full application with a Community Advocates Rental Assistance Processor following your consultation.

Step 3: Upon approval for assistance, a notification will be sent to your landlord or property manager with a request for their W-9 form, ledger, and landlord agreement.

Step 4: A one-time payment will be issued following return of landlord approval paperwork and documentation.


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.