Housing & Assistance Information
- Community Action Coalition: Beginning 1/1/21, contact housing hotline (608) 237-1251 for support with housing search, applications, and more.
- Eviction Prevention Coordinated Entry: Tenant Resource Center (608) 257-0006 Ext. 7
Housing Search Assistance
- FREE Rent Smart Registration Winter 2021 Class - Sign up HERE
- Learn about 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
- Click HERE for Low Income Housing & Housing Vacancy Lists
- Dane County Housing Navigation Services is operating remotely until further notice. For assistance finding housing, please call (608) 826-8093 or e-mail HousingNavigation@ccmadison.org. Housing Navigation is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- The CDC Eviction Moratorium has been extended to March 31, 2021. (Read the fact sheet HERE) One of the most important things to know is that protection under the order is not automatic. It applies to a residential tenant who has provided their landlord a declaration containing the following certainties:
- That the individual used best efforts to obtain all government assistance for rent/housing.
- That the individual (i) has an income less than $99,000 in 2020 ($198,000 for joint filers), (ii) was not required to report income in 2019, or (ii) received a CARES stimulus check.
- That the individual is unable to pay full rent because of a substantial loss of work/income/hours, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses.
- That the individual is making best efforts to make timely partial payments.
- That an eviction would likely leave the individual homeless or forced into a congregate/doubled up living setting because they lack another available housing option that would not increase their housing costs (i.e. there is not a cheaper rental option).
- Declaration form HERE (Pdf version) It is highly recommended to send via email, or have confirmation that the landlord received the declaration.
- Here is what the moratorium does not do: It does not relieve rent payments, does not prevent late fees/penalties, does not prevent eviction for other reasons. It does not affect foreclosure actions. It does not protect people residing in hotels/motels or like properties
Sun Prairie Home Mission Fund- Assists with emergency eviction prevention or utilities for people in Sun Prairie. Contact Tashell Jackson at (608) 257-2534 ext.37.
- Requirements: (1) must have sufficient income to pay rent/utilities. (2) must have a 5-day notice or utility bill. (3) assistance is provided for rent or utilities once every twelve months, and preference is given to first time fund users. (4) average grant is up to $300.
- The first possible date for disconnection of service if a customer has not paid a bill in full and if the utility and customer have not reached an agreement on a deferred payment agreement is after April 15, 2021
- For more information see PSC.wi.gov
- To avoid disconnection, customers who have fallen behind on payments are encouraged to first contact their utility to set up a payment plan. Contact information for the largest utilities in Wisconsin is listed below:
- Sun Prairie Utilities 608-837-5500
- Alliant Energy 800-255-4268
- Madison Gas & Electric 800-245-1125
- Superior Water, Light & Power 800-227-7957
- We Energies 800-842-4565
- Wisconsin Public Service Corporation 800-450-7260
- Xcel Energy 800-895-4999
- If customers cannot reach an agreement with their utility, they may contact the PSC by calling 1-800-225-7729 or by filing a complaint on the PSC website.
- Dane County Homeless Services and Homeless Prevention Navigation Map
- Homeless Services Consortium of Dane County: Get Help
- Ask your school social worker for a referral. This is not an "immediate" shelter and often has a waitlist.
- Clients are single homeless mothers and their children
- For many, home may not be a safe option. The Briarpatch Shelter is open for youth ages 12-17. Call our 24-hour helpline at 608-251-1126 or toll free 800-798-1126.
- Street Outreach Program continues to provide support and basic needs supplies to 12-24 year olds experiencing homelessness. Call 608-251-1126
- Briarpatch is adhering to social distancing protocols in place at their shelter.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to provide an update as to what The Salvation’s response is to continue ensure the safety of all guests, staff, volunteers as well as the greater community
- Call 608-250-2298 before noon. Leave a message with your name and contact info, as well as names/ages of others in the household. Someone will call you back for intake.
- The Salvation Army currently operates a waitlist. To maintain your status on the waitlist, call once weekly 608-250-2298 to re-confirm your need for shelter.
- Referral form HERE
- Complete the online referral form and you will get automated confirmation via email. Your name will be placed on a waitlist for shelter.
- Families can call Sankofa 608-618-9977 to check their status on the waitlist, but understand that your position may fluctuate -- the waitlist is based on need and individual situation (NOT first come first serve).
- Upon entry into the shelter, case management services including rapid rehousing are available.