CAP Services has rental assistance funding available through the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (W.R.A.P.), an eviction-prevention program for low-income residents experiencing income loss because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Households making up to 80% County Median Income (CMI) can apply to receive assistance. Households can receive up to $3,000 in rental assistance. Applicants must not be receiving other forms of housing assistance or be a tenant of subsidized housing.
“W.R.A.P is a highly successful program and we’re trying to get the word out to those who may not have heard about it yet or who have just started to struggle,” said Nicole Harrison, CAP President & CEO. “We encourage eligible people to apply now to be sure they can take advantage of this opportunity.”
CAP Services’ W.R.A.P. program is part of a statewide initiative announced by Governor Tony Evers in June. Governor Evers originally allocated $25 million to help people with an income at or below 80% of CMI avoid eviction, and allocated an additional $10 million in October. The program is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Administration from dollars within the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities (CARES) Act. The program has been administered through the Wisconsin Community Action Program, an association including 16 Community Action Agencies, like CAP Services, serving every county in Wisconsin.
In June, CAP Services was awarded $1,008,964 to assist households with incomes affected by COVID-19 for our five county service area – Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca, and Waushara. CAP received an additional $200,000 in September.
CAP Services has processed 864 W.R.A.P. applications to date. In addition to rental assistance, all applicants are automatically evaluated to receive state energy assistance, and CAP staff will assist in connecting with other resources needed.
People must complete an application at capservices.org/wrap to receive assistance. Persons without internet access may apply by calling 800-660-5430.
For assistance in Hmong, call 715-498-4458. For assistance in Spanish, call 715-340-4192. Due to a high call volume, applications submitted online may receive a faster response.