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Dane County launches $10 million eviction prevention program

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County, in partnership with the Tenant Resource Center (TRC), has officially launched a more than $10 million emergency package to prevent evictions.

The program was developed by the County with federal CARES funding. It is projected to help stabilize housing for 9,000 Dane County residents at risk of eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"By preventing evictions, we are stabilizing housing for families during these uncertain, challenging times," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a release. "We need landlords to continue to work with their tenants and partner with us to prevent evictions – funds are available that can support payment of back rent."

Individuals who currently make 80% area median income and have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply. A preference will be made for individuals who apply that make 50% AMI and below.

Documentation of economic hardship will be required to receive the funds, which will be paid directly to a tenant’s landlord with a mutual landlord-tenant agreement to repay back rent and avoid eviction proceedings.

Those interested in applying can do so at https://www.tenantresourcecenter.org/. Tenants who receive assistance can also access housing counseling, case management, and mediation services.

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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