FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 20, 2023
Please see the attached statement from the Wisconsin Department of Administration announcing the closing of the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance program (WERA). Locally, between February 2021 and November 2022, Lakeshore CAP distributed $6.1M of rent, utility, internet and water assistance on behalf of 1,700 households comprised of 3,894 individuals.
Lakeshore CAP will continue to process WERA applications. Assistance will be based upon funding and staff capacity. Unfortunately, Lakeshore CAP cannot guarantee that all applicant households will be assisted.
Once the WERA funding has been exhausted, Lakeshore CAP will be implementing a robust Housing Stability Services program. This program does not provide financial assistance, but rather support and resource referral to those struggling with housing instability. More information will be available at a later date.
Volunteering Opportunity for the Semi-Annual
Point In Time Outreach Event!
A coalition of local agencies and volunteers will be conducting the Winter 2023 Point In Time Street Count in Manitowoc County over the night of January 25-26th, 2023. The focus of the count is to identify people who might be residing on the streets, in cars, on campgrounds, under bridges, or in similar places. Please let us know prior to the Count If you are aware of locations in the community where homeless people are sheltering. Services needed to help the homeless in our communities are a result of identifying these households. The information gathered is used at the state and federal levels to allocate resources for individuals and households requiring homelessness assistance. (See FAQ below.)
2 shifts are available between 11 PM-1 AM and 4 AM-6 AM on January 25-26th
Training will be provided before the count on Monday, January 3rd at 8:30-9:30 AM at United Way of Manitowoc County
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Right-click and fill out the information on the Google Form linked above. Thank you so much for helping with the Winter 2023 Point in Time Count!
Right-click for answers to FAQs
Donate Locally to Help the Homeless!
Lakeshore CAP’s Supportive Housing Program in Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Door & Kewaunee Counties has case managers who assist eligible homeless individuals and households — or those at risk of becoming homeless — maintain housing and work towards self-sufficiency. While we receive HUD grant monies, we also rely on private and fund-raiser donations to further our goals in the communities we serve. Please DONATE on this site to help Lakeshore CAP combat homelessness and give our fellow citizens a hand up. Thank you!
The Lakeshore CAP Community Needs Assessment is a brief survey that we use to determine what the community needs when planning our programming.
Please, take the time to complete the needs assessment survey! It helps us find the real needs in our area and direct our focus accordingly.
Participants have the option to enter a drawing for 1 of 4 $100 gift cards!
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, a new report released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and WISCAP finds a national shortage of 7 million affordable and available rental homes for the lowest-income households. There are just 36 affordable and available rental homes for every 100 of the lowest-income renter households nationwide. 71% of the poorest renter households are severely housing cost-burdened, spending more than half of their incomes on housing, with little left over for other basic necessities. The pandemic has only made things worse. Long-term federal investments are needed to combat this housing crisis for the lowest-income renters.
Every year, The Gap reports on the severe shortage of affordable rental homes available to extremely low-income families and individuals. Brad Paul, Executive Director of WISCAP, is calling attention to the crisis in affordable housing in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has only 34 affordable and available rental homes for every 100 households with extremely low incomes. We have over 188,000 extremely low-income renters in Wisconsin. 65% of these renters are severely housing cost burdened. Paul says, “Wisconsin can and must do better.”
The report shows how these lowest-income renters were uniquely positioned to suffer disproportionately from the effects of lost income and housing insecurity during the pandemic. Although the federal government took unprecedented actions to protect the lowest-income renters, the government’s actions were temporary. Most eviction moratoriums have been lifted and resources such as federal emergency rental assistance are running out. Longer-term federal investments in affordable housing are needed to combat the underlying shortage of affordable housing that exposed so many of these lowest-income renters to housing instability in the first place.
“The pandemic has made plain our nation’s lack of a housing safety net,” said NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel. “It is time to invest in long-term housing policies that will finally address the systemic shortage of affordable housing and provide housing stability for the lowest-income families.”
For additional information, visit: https://nlihc.org/gap
About WISCAP: The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) is the statewide association for Wisconsin’s sixteen (16) Community Action agencies and two single-purpose agencies with statewide focus. You can learn more about WISCAP at wiscap.org