WERA Provides Help with Utilities

WERA Provides Help with Utilities

LAKESHORE CAP WERAlcap

THE WISCONSIN EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM INCLUDES JUST UTILITY ASSISTANCE!

 

If your utilities have been shut off or if you have a past due balance with your provider, please apply for Lakeshore CAP’s WERA Program if you live in Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Door or Kewaunee county. You may apply for utility assistance without having to apply for rent assistance. 

 


Find the WERA Pre-Screen application in English and Spanish on Lakeshore Community Action’s Home Page at: https://lakeshorecap.org/.

WERA – Rent Assistance Program

WERA – Rent Assistance Program

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE “WISCONSIN EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE” PROGRAM THROUGH LAKESHORE CAP

WERA —

lcapLakeshore Community Action Program (Lakeshore CAP), an agency of WISCAP,* recently received another round of Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA) funds. Pre-Screen Applications are being accepted now and can be found on our Home Page. The purpose of these funds is to help those who were negatively impacted by COVID-19 and are struggling to pay rent. The Lakeshore CAP program will provide funding to eligible households residing in our service area —  the Wisconsin counties of Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan.

The following situations will not qualify for this program: Mortgage payments.

Along with the rental assistance application, you will simultaneously be applying for Energy Assistance (EA). If you have applied for EA in 2021, much of your information is already within the system that generates assistance for rent. You will not be eligible for an additional EA payment. The WERA program DOES provide EA and utility help for those who qualify. If someone wants only EA, they do that through WHEAP at: https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1397. If you need help with rent, if your utilities have been shut off or you are behind in payments, you can apply for WERA.

Assistance will be paid directly to your landlord once ALL information is verified!


Please go to the our website’s homepage at: https://lakeshorecap.org/ to fill out the Pre-Screen application — available in English and Spanish.


  • Please gather ALL of the documents listed in the announcement as soon as you apply for the program
  • Find program information on the website: WISCAP / WERA
  • Read/download FAQ — and if you reside in a Wisconsin county not covered within Lakeshore CAP’s service area, find your agency here: WERA Contact & FAQ Sheet

(You may translate this article into Spanish or Hmong by choosing “Select Language” on the upper left.)


*WISCAP works with our member agencies, community partners and legislators to develop innovative, comprehensive and effective solutions that increase household economic security and relieve conditions of poverty. As an agency and a network we advocate with local, state & federal government on public policy affecting low-income individuals in Wisconsin.

COVID-19 Resources for Tenants & Landlords

HUD Multifamily Housing News

COVID-19 Resources for Tenants and Property Owners

We are pleased to provide you with resources to help ensure that residents of Multifamily properties are receiving stimulus payments, staying safe, and are aware of pertinent information related to the pandemic. Here is the full News Release: Stimulus, Vaccines and COVID. Please share these resources with your communities.

Highlights

UW Extension Rent Smart Train-the-Trainers

UW Extension Rent Smart Train-the-Trainers

rent smart“Rent Smart Train-the-Trainers” 

This training is designed to help trainers facilitate the Rent Smart program effectively in their own organizations and communities.

Rent Smart focuses on the knowledge and skills essential for a successful renting experience.  It challenges participants to know and understand their rights and responsibilities as a tenant, as well as know and understand the rights and responsibilities of their landlord. Emphasis is on forming a strong partnership between the tenant and landlord. Establishing a positive rental history is much like having a positive credit report and Rent Smart starts participants on the right path for success.



extensionAn EEO-Affirmative Action Employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, and ADA requirements.

 


lcapTo apply for rental assistance, see Lakeshore Community Action Program’s “Supportive Housing/Rental Assistance” page at: https://lakeshorecap.org/supportive-housing/. For rental assistance because of a loss of income due to COVID-19, fill out a Pre-Screen application for WERA funds on our Home page at::https://lakeshorecap.org/

UW Extension Free Rent Smart Classes

UW Extension Free Rent Smart Classes

rent smart“Rent Smart” Taught by UW Extension Educators

Helping to make renting a great experience for you!

Rent Smart focuses on the knowledge and skills essential for a successful renting experience.  It challenges participants to know and understand their rights and responsibilities as a tenant, as well as know and understand the rights and responsibilities of their landlord. Emphasis is on forming a strong partnership between the tenant and landlord. Establishing a positive rental history is much like having a positive credit report and Rent Smart starts participants on the right path for success.


Upcoming Class Dates & Times

February: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18; 7-8 PM
March: 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26; 9-10 AM
April: 5, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29; 1-2 PM
May: 4, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27; 7-8 PM

Location: Live, online instruction via Zoom; Zoom links sent after completing registration.
Online registration form: https://go.wisc.edu/Rentsmartregister
Cost: FREE!


What you will learn!

● Planning for and meeting monthly expenses
● Tips for finding and maintaining affordable housing
● How to complete an application and why landlords screen applicants
● Strategies for building positive relationships with landlords and neighbors
● Responsibilities and rights of landlords and tenants
● Participants must complete all 6 modules to earn the Rent Smart certificate


For more information, please contact rentsmartwi@office365.wisc.edu or call 262-741-4951.


extensionAn EEO-Affirmative Action Employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, and ADA requirements.

 


lcapTo apply for rental assistance, see Lakeshore Community Action Program’s “Supportive Housing/Rental Assistance” page at: https://lakeshorecap.org/supportive-housing/. For rental assistance because of a loss of income due to COVID-19, fill out a Pre-Screen application for WERA funds on our Home page at::https://lakeshorecap.org/