Monday, October 3, 2022

New rental assistance program rolls back to a slow start, but there is no sign of a sharp increase in evictions

Casey Becker, county director for access to housing and affordability, said that as of Thursday, Dane CORE 2.0 had allocated $ 181,426.24 to 90 Dane County families outside Madison City and $ 722,351.74 to 243 Madison families. while TRC distributed another $ 119,035. for 20 families involved in the eviction lawsuit.

Helping landlords during the coronavirus crisis is coming to an end, but many people fear that it will now be difficult for them to pay their rent.



Of the 2,635 applications for rental assistance that have been submitted, 972 are pending or awaiting more information, and 205 have been approved and are awaiting payment, she said.

This level of funding lags far behind what the Tenant Resource Center was able to provide when it served as the primary location for Madison and Dane County tenants to seek help through the first rental assistance program known simply as Dane CORE.

Like thousands of similar programs across the country receiving billions in federal aid, Dane CORE also got off to a slow start due to shifting federal regulations and, in Dane County, initially tighter restrictions on the use of money and insufficient public outreach. But in the end, TRC was able to get the entire $ 15 million that had been allocated to thousands of tenants, an average of $ 500,000 a week.

TRC CEO Robin Sereno said that by the end of the program, TRC is distributing about $ 1 million per week and in an email said that “it would be prudent to estimate that the need is currently in excess of $ 1.2 million per week. “

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