Housing

Wisconsin Community Action Partnership (WISCAP) believes housing is a human right. Affordable housing is at a crisis point across the country. Stable housing is critical to thriving communities. With stable housing we can work with families get out of poverty and provide better developmental outcomes for children. In Wisconsin there are over 151,000 renting households with incomes below 50% AMI spending over 50% of their income on rent.* The impact of this crisis impacts the most vulnerable.

WISCAP and its agencies know that stable housing is foundational for healthy communities. The impact of housing instability can have lasting impact on children. The impacts of a lack of affordability are most pronounced in the lowest income households and even more prevalent in households of color. Nationally 36% of black households with children are suffering rent arrears.**

Currently WISCAP has three housing-related programs:

Take Root Wisconsin
Wisconsin Help for Homeowners (WHH)
Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA)

*Professor Kurt Paulson, The State of the State’s Housing: Trends and Issues in Housing and Affordability. Feb. 2022.
** Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Stable Housing is Foundational to Children’s Well-being. Feb. 2022