WISCONSIN RENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WRAP)

Ozaukee and Washington County Residents

The impact of COVID-19 has been extremely challenging, especially for people experiencing poverty. Many are struggling to make ends meet, put food on their table, and facing eviction from their homes. On March 27, Governor Evers announced the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program to provide relief to renters facing eviction due to COVID-19.

The Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources partnered with the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association to administer the $25 million allocation to residents of Wisconsin. We are working with the Social Development Commission to assist residents in Ozaukee and Washington County access rent assistance through the Wisconsin Rent Assistance Program (WRAP).

On Monday, June 8 we launched the WRAP program. With additional staff hired, we have been working as fast as possible to contact and process applications for the WRAP program. If you need help paying rent or obtaining a security deposit to secure housing, you may qualify for assistance.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Complete the electronic form using the link below. Be sure to complete the requested information including your best contact number and county where you live.
    Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP)
  2. Look for Family Promise of Ozaukee County to begin making calls to applicants during the week of June 8th.
  3. Please look at the general eligibility guidelines below and check the website regularly for updates.

General Eligibility Guidelines

  • Meet all the non-financial and financial eligibility criteria
  • An adult Wisconsin resident
  • Household income at or below 80% County Median Income (CMI) in the month prior to the date of application
    • Persons at or below 60% CMI receive priority
  • Only one recipient per qualified household
  • Must provide documentation showing a loss of employment or a reduction in income due to COVID 19
  • The following will not qualify for WRAP:
    • Assistance needed for public rental assistance (Public Housing Program, Section 8 HCV and PBV programs, etc.)
    • Mobile home lot rent
    • Mortgage payment

If you reside outside of Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Washington Counties please click the following link to find your service provider. https://doa.wi.gov/Secretary/WRAP-CAPContacts.pdf

This program is made possible through funding from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program will be provided on a first-come, first served basis, and the program will expire once the funding is exhausted.

Basic Needs Resources in Ozaukee County

Ozaukee County Local Homeless Coalition is genuinely concerned about the health and well-being of our staff, clients, community partners and volunteers during the coronavirus public health emergency.

We are a resource for the community to learn more about how their basic needs can be met during these challenging times. Below is a list of resources that may be accessed such as shelter, rent assistance, food pantries and other financial resources. Agencies that would like to share information on this page please email needhelpfpoz@gmail.com

Here are a few quicklinks:

Homeless Assistance Resources for Ozaukee County

Family Promise of Ozaukee County
Advocates of Ozaukee County
Salvation Army
St. Vincent De Paul Ozaukee
Center for Veterans Issues
Veteran Affairs Homeless Services
Ozaukee County Economic Support

Food Pantry Assistance in Ozaukee County

Saukville Food Pantry
Family Sharing Ozaukee
Summer Meals for Kids
Saukville Food Pantry- Summer Meals for Kids Registration
Family Sharing – Summer Meals for Kids Phone Information

COVID-19 Health Resources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC COVID Fact Sheets in Multiple Languages
Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19 Page
Washington Ozaukee Health Department
Guide to Coronavirus for Cancer Patients

Family Promise of Ozaukee County

Family Promise continues to offer rent assistance, case management, resources and referral over the phone and email. Our shelter is still open with appropriate safety precautions. The office is closed to the public during the Coronavirus public health emergency.
Here is how you can contact us:
Call: 262-268-2723
Email: needhelpfpoz@gmail.com
Website: Family Promise of Ozaukee County

Advocates of Ozaukee

Services for those who have experienced domestic violence are still available around the clock:
Advocates of Ozaukee 24/7 Crisis Line: 262.284.6902
In an Emergency Situation: 911
Website: Advocates of Ozaukee

Salvation Army

Financial assistance is available. Contact the agency for help.
Call: 262-552-6802

St. Vincent De Paul

Financial assistance is available. Contact the agency for help.
Call: 262-284-4637, Extension 101

FoodShare Wisconsin

Emergency SNAP (FoodShare) benefits have been approved for Wisconsin. This means FoodShare participants that do not currently receive the maximum benefit will now be receiving the maximum amount. Benefits will be placed on eligible households’ QUEST cards on April 11, 2020.

FoodShare Wisconsin Information Page

Ozaukee County Energy Assistance Program

All energy assistance application sites are closed to the public but appointments are being taken by phone. Beginning March 30, the income requirements have changed and only one month of income will be needed to apply. Schedule your appointment by calling or emailing:
Call: 1-888-446-1239

Energy Assistance Application

2019-2020 Income Guidelines
Family Size 1-Month
1 $2,389.42
2 $3,124.66
3 $3,859.83
4 $4,595.08
5 $5,330.33
6 $6,065.50
7 $6,203.33
8 $6,341.25

Family Promise help for Tenants

It’s important to keep paying your rent and utilities if you can so that you don’t face eviction or disconnection down the line. Here’s what you need to know:
Call: 262-268-2723

Email: needhelpfpoz@gmail.com

Tenant Tips

Family Promise Help for Landlords

Your tenants may be going through a hard time during the COVID-19 public health emergency, so it’s important to stay in contact with them to prevent problems from developing. Here’s how you can do it:

Call: 262-268-2723

Email: needhelpfpoz@gmail.com

Landlord Tips

Employment & Unemployment Resources

The CARES Act expands unemployment insurance to help Wisconsin workers that have been furloughed or laid off. This federal rescue package has expanded eligibility to cover more workers and increased the maximum unemployment benefit by $600 per week for every American through July 31, which will provide most workers with their full paycheck. The legislation also makes unemployment insurance available for 13 additional weeks for a total of 39 weeks in Wisconsin. Unemployment insurance will also now be available for workers who are unemployed or unable to work because of the virus and don’t qualify for traditional benefits. This support ensures that workers are protected whether they work for businesses small, medium or large, along with self-employed and workers in the gig economy. You can apply for unemployment insurance at this link: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/ui/

Other helpful resources:

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development COVID-19 information
Unemployment COVID-19 Public Information
Employment and Training COVID-19 Public Information
Worker’s Compensation COVID-19 Public Information
Vocational Rehabilitation COVID-19 Public Information
Equal Rights COVID-19 Public Information

Food, School, Health Care, Utilities and Internet, and Childcare Assistance

Covering Wisconsin: COVID-19 and Health Insurance Information
Health Watch Wisconsin COVID-19 Page
Public Service of Wisconsin: COVID-19 Emergency Internet Resources, Utility Service Help for Consumers, and FAQs for Utilities
Wisconsin Department on Children and Families: COVID-19 Child Care Request for Essential Workforce Families
State of Wisconsin ACCESS: to connect with health care coverage, paying for groceries or child care costs, finding a job, or building your career skills
UW-Madison Extension: Financial Resources to Help Get through COVID-19
UW-Madison Extension: Recursos financieros que le pueden ayudar durante la pandemia de COVID-19

Mental Health Resources

In this unprecedented period of global uncertainty, we wanted to share this workbook to provide our community with much needed support for anyone experiencing Coronavirus Anxiety.
Coronavirus Anxiety
Mental Health America: Mental Health and COVID-19 Information and Resources
Mental Health America: Crisis Text Line: Text MHA to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor 24/7.

COPE Hotline 262-377-COPE, local 24-hour crisis hotline

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)