New round of rental assistance dollars coming to Wisconsin

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – More dollars to fund rental assistance programs are coming to the Chippewa Valley.

A total of 322 million dollars will be available starting Monday. It’s coming through a federally funded program called WERA: Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance. The goal: to help families stay in their homes.

The funding will first go to help pay rent that is past due though it may be able to cover future rent as well. This round of aid will work differently than the state’s previous program.

Anna Cardarella, CEO-Western Dairyland EOC said, “This past summer we gave out 920,000 dollars in rental assistance. And that was allocated to us by the state. This time there is not an allocation, it is going by need and first come first serve. So, if you live in rural Buffalo County you’re just as likely to get assistance as you are if you live in Eau Claire County.”

Households with an income of 80 percent of their county’s median income are eligible for assistance.
Cardarella says they anticipate this money to last through December of 2021.

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