SEVERE SHORTAGE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN WISCONSIN MEANS FAMILIES WITH THE LOWEST INCOMES SUFFER MOST

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

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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

JAK’s Place Memorial Ceremony

JAK’s Place Memorial Ceremony

JAK’s Place Memorial Rock Garden Ceremony

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Saturday, June 12th, 10 AM – 12 PM

Join Us! Rock painting, flower planting, food and beverages. Please see flyer for details.


JAK’s Place offers mental health groups on a daily basis Monday-Friday. See Lakeshore Community Action Program’s JAK Place web page for our monthly calendar and additional information on our mission to provide services and support for individuals with mental illness and their families in Door County.


Please consider donating to help us support those with Mental Illness and those affected by Mental Illness. As always, all of our services are free to the public. All funds donated stay locally at JAK’s Place in Door County to support our efforts. You may choose to dedicate your donation in honor or in memory of someone. Please call 920-818-0525 with any questions.

JAK’s Place, a program of Lakeshore CAP, Inc., is incorporated in the state of Wisconsin and is exempt from federal income taxes under IRC 501c(3) as a nonprofit corporation. You donation and contribution may be “tax deductible” .

Lakeshore CAP WRAP Results/New WERA!

Lakeshore CAP WRAP Results/New WERA!

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2020 “WRAP” (WISCONSIN RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM)

RESULTS ARE IN!

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See below for information and link to Lakeshore CAP’s 2021 WERA (Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance) program running through November — for households negatively impacted by COVID-19!

In 2020, Lakeshore Community Action Program (CAP) received Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP) funds resulting from the CARES Act. The purpose of these funds was to help those who were negatively impacted by COVID-19 and were struggling to pay rent or security deposit. The Lakeshore CAP program provided funding to eligible households residing in the Wisconsin counties of Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan.

From June 8 to November 25, 2020, Lakeshore CAP assisted the following number of households in our 4-county area, helping them to remain in their homes or move to safe affordable housing:

NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS
TYPE OF ASSISTANCE
DOLLAR AMOUNT
621
Rental Assistance
$1,007,468.00
12
Security Deposit
$18,560.00
19
Lot Rent
$23,684.00
652
—TOTALS—
$1,049,712.00

 


2021 WERA (WISCONSIN EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE) PROGRAM OPEN NOW!

Lakeshore Community Action Program (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. Along with the rental assistance application, you will simultaneously be applying for Energy Assistance (EA).

Information, instructions, documents and restrictions on the program can be found in our News article at https://lakeshorecap.org/wera-rental-assistance-program/ Pre-screen applications may be found on our Home Page at https://lakeshorecap.org/ in English and Spanish.

 


NON-COVID RELATED RENT ASSISTANCE

If you are seeking other forms of rental assistance due to inability to pay your rent or are facing eviction and/or homelessness, Lakeshore CAP has a different Supportive Housing/Rental Assistance Program. You can find information our on our website at www.lakeshorecap.org/supportive housing or by calling 920.682.3737 for Manitowoc Co, 920-803-6991 for Sheboygan Co, or 920-743-0192 for Door and Kewaunee counties. Applications may also be found on our Home Page in English, Spanish and Hmong at https://lakeshorecap.org/

Lakeshore CAP Mortgage/Water Assistance Program

Lakeshore CAP Mortgage/Water Assistance Program

HAVE YOU HAD A LOSS OF INCOME DUE TO COVID-19?

Lakeshore CAP

Mortgage and Water Utility Assistance Program

Solicitud de preselección de asistencia hipotecaria / de agua


Click on a link and fill out all information — that applies — for your household:

⇒Pre-Screen Application⇐

Español Pre-Screen Application


READ EVERYTHING BELOW BEFORE FILLING OUT THE PRE-SCREEN APPLICATION! 

This Mortgage and Water Utility Assistance Program is for residents of Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Door and Kewanee counties. Water utility assistance is also available for RENTERS through this same application (fill out only the parts that apply).

If your income has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and you are having trouble making your mortgage loan payment and/or water utility bill, please complete the above application. If contacted that you may be eligible for assistance, start locating/requesting the documents below:

  1. Documentation showing payments made between July 1, 2019 and the date you lost your income due to COVID-19.
  2. Bank statements for all checking and savings accounts for the 3 months prior to application.
  3. All income information, including unemployment, for the 3 months prior to application.
  4. Proof that you were not behind on mortgage payments or water utility bills until a COVID related incident happened.
  5. Photo ID of applicant (head of household only)
  6. Income statements for the 3 months prior to your loss of income due to COVID-19.
  7. Amount of government assistance received due to COVID-19 (other mortgage assistance, unemployment, water utility assistance, other).
  8. Plus, any other documentation requested by Lakeshore CAP.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. The house must be located in Manitowoc, Door, Sheboygan or Kewaunee county.
  2. The applicant must reside in the home for which the assistance is provided
  3. Household income must meet eligibility requirements. Chart located here:
    Household Income Limits.pdf
  4. Head of Household must be able to document that unpaid mortgage and/or water utility payments were the result of a COVID-19-related loss.
  5. Household cannot be more than 5 months behind in payments.

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For questions please call Lakeshore Community Action Program at: (920) 682-3737.


For new home buyer assistance, please see our web page at: https://lakeshorecap.org/home-buyer/