LA CROSSE (WKBT) -- An emergency rental assistance program in Wisconsin is coming to an end at the end of the month, due to funding running out.
The Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or WERA, will no longer accept application after January 31, due to low remaining funds.
According to Couleecap, WERA provided housing stability during the pandemic to more than 5,000 households in Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe and Vernon Counties. Aid totaled $22,604,157 in rent, utilities and related household expenses.
Couleecap says 3,634 households currently make use of WERA, and the goal is to facilitate a smooth transition for these residents once the program ends.
"WERA has been critical in providing housing stability for people during the pandemic," Couleecap Executive Director Hetti Brown said. "Thousands of evictions have been prevented and landlords have been able to maintain their income. Now we are focused on making sure that success continues as WERA phases out."
Once WERA benefits end, Couleecap says will provide housing stability services to clients who may need assistance with the transition.
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