Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA) 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. Brown County funds can be used for utility arrears (heat, electric, water & sewer, and trash).

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:
  • 1. 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
  • 2. Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing stability; and
  • 3. Has a household income at or below 80 percent of CMI.
  • 4. 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.

Application Process:


Complete intake form and below online prescreen to determine initial eligibility.

Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program Pre-Screen Application

Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program Pre-Screen Application

Has your household experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19? *
Do you: *
Are you employed? *
Are you receiving unemployment benefits? *
Do you have a lease with your landlord that has your name on it? *
Have you received an eviction notice from your landlord due to nonpayment of rent? A copy of the eviction notice may be required. *
Are you currently behind in your utilities? (heat, electric, water, and sewer or trash? *
Have you applied for Energy Assistance in the 2021 Heating Season that started October 1? *
Have you previously applied for energy assistance at your current residence? *
Do you or any members of your household receive any public benefits? Check all that apply. *
Does anyone in your household have a disability. *
Are you or an immediate member of your family employed by Newcap? *
What is your marital status? *
Ethnicity *
Race *
Household Status *
Military Status *
What is your highest level of education? *