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Eviction Prevention

If you are unable to pay your rent on time, you may be at risk for eviction. Be proactive and talk to your landlord if you are not able to pay. Communication is key!

In Wisconsin, only the courts can order that someone be removed from their home. Learn more about eviction rights for tenants in Dane County:

Dane CORE 2.0 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Dane CORE 2.0 program provides financial assistance for rent, utilities, and internet payments that are past due.

In some cases, you may also qualify for security deposits and future rent payments.
 

Dane CORE cannot pay for cable, phone bills, capital expenditures, or homeowner mortgage payments.

Apply for CORE

Eligibility

To be eligible, all of the following must be true:

  • Someone in your household either:

    • Qualifies for unemployment
    • Experienced a loss in income due to COVID-19
    • Experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • You are at risk of being homeless or experiencing housing instability. You can prove this by showing:
    • A rent payment that is past due
    • A utilities or internet payment that is past due
    • An eviction notice
    • That you don't have enough income to pay a security deposit or your next rent payment
  • Your household income is less than 80% Area Median Income (AMI):
    • Household size of 1: $55,950/year
    • Household size of 2: $63,950/year
    • Household size of 3: $71,950/year
    • Household size of 4: $79,900/year
    • Household size of 5: $86,300/year
  • You have a signed lease, and have your name as the primary leaseholder (renter).
  • You live in Dane County.

Security Deposits and Future Rent Payments

You may be eligible for security deposits or future rent payments if any of the following are true:

  • You have an eviction notice, or are at immediate risk of eviction.
  • Your household is Low-Income (less than 50% Area Median Income).
  • You are currently getting Unemployment Insurance benefit payments.
  • You have a notice of non-renewal at your current home.

Get Help Applying

Internet and computer access is available through Madison Public Library.

In-Person Help*

Community partners are available for in-person help to complete your application.

  • Mondays

    • 9am-1pm
      UW South Madison Partnership, 2238 S. Park St., Madison WI 53713
      (Meadowood Health Partnership)
      Call 608-235-1027 to schedule an appointment
    • 11am-6pm
      Hawthorne Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave., Madison WI 53704
      (African Center for Community Development)
      Call 608-957-5623 or 608-514-9321 to schedule an appointment
  • Tuesdays
    • 9am-1pm
      UW South Madison Partnership, 2238 S. Park St., Madison WI 53713
      (Meadowood Health Partnership)
      Call 608-235-1027 to schedule an appointment
    • 2pm-5pm
      Lakeview Library, 2845 N. Sherman Ave., Madison WI 53704
      (African Center for Community Development)
      Call 608-957-5623 or 608-514-9321 to schedule an appointment
  • Wednesdays
    • 10am-1pm
      FOSTER of Dane County, 700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 122, Madison WI 53711
      Call 608-284-8716. Appointments not required.
    • 10am-1pm
      Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd., Madison WI 53711
      (Meadowood Health Partnership)
      Call 608-235-1027 to schedule an appointment
    • 12pm-3pm
      Vera Court Neighborhood Center, 614 Vera Ct., Madison WI 53704
      (African Center for Community Development)
      Call 608-957-5623 or 608-514-9321 to schedule an appointment
  • Thursdays
    • By Appointment Only
      East Madison Community Center, 8 Straubel Ct., Madison WI 53704
      (African Center for Community Development)
      Call 608-957-5623 or 608-514-9321 to schedule an appointment
    • 9am-1pm
      UW South Madison Partnership, 2238 S. Park St., Madison WI 53713
      (Meadowood Health Partnership)
      Call 608-235-1027 to schedule an appointment
  • Fridays
    • 9am-1pm
      Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd., Madison WI 53711
      (Meadowood Health Partnership)
      Call 608-235-1027 to schedule an appointment
    • 11am-2pm
      The Salvation Army of Dane County, 3030 Darbo Dr., Madison WI 53714
      (African Center for Community Development)
      Call 608-957-5623 or 608-514-9321 to schedule an appointment

For questions about pending applications, contact 608-299-4128.
*Printable version of the assistance schedule.

Other Resources for Renters

  • Tenant Resource Center
    Phone: (608) 257-0006
    For questions about your rights as a renter, how to negotiate with your landlord, and rental resources.
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin
    Phone: (608) 256-3304
    Provides a video and resources on illegal evictions and legal assistance to low-income and senior individuals.
  • Housing Navigation Services
    Phone: (608) 826-8093
    Can assist with finding and applying for housing. Provided by Catholic Charities.