Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA) Programs

  • Brown County Emergency Rental Assistance Program:

Brown County was awarded federal ERA funds in 2021 and 2022 to help county residents who were financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic retain their rental housing and utilities. To date, Brown County has partnered with Newcap to support more than 6,000 individuals in nearly 3,000 county households to remain safely housed while helping them find employment opportunities as well as childcare, transportation, and other resources.
As local employment opportunities return to pre-pandemic levels, Brown County’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program will not accept new applications after June 30, 2022. Instead, Brown County’s COVID-19 ERA Program will focus efforts on helping current participants find employment and other resources to become more financially stable as the ERA Program begins to phase out.
Brown County, and its contractor Newcap, will also adjust the level of financial assistance provided to current ERA Program participants while the county awaits additional federal funding to sustain the program until its conclusion. Starting June 30, 2022, program participants will receive rental and utility assistance payments monthly instead of three months at a time. All payments will be prioritized by those at imminent risk of eviction as well as those behind in rent and utility payments.
We are no longer taking applications for the Brown County Emergency Rental Assistance Program.


  • Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program:

Program Description:

Wisconsin residents that have experienced a significant loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need help with their rent can apply.

Eligibility Guidelines:

      • The applicant has attained the age of 18
      • The applicant is a Wisconsin resident, and is listed on a current leas for housing in Wisconsin
      • At least one or more individuals in the household meets the following criteria:
        • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a significant reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship during the period of the COVID-19 public health emergency
        • Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing stability; and
        • Has a household income at or below 80 percent of CMI.
      • An eligible household that occupies a federally subsidized residential or mixed-use property may receive WERA assistance, provided that WERA funds are not applied to costs that have been or will be reimbursed under any other federal assistance.
      • NO Social Security Number is required to apply for or receive assistance

Application Process:

Please fill out our intake form here.