More than $1 million in grants for emergency, low-income housing given to 41 organizations

Gov. Tony Evers

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority announced $1 million in grants to 41 organizations Monday.

According to a release, the grants from the WHEDA Foundation will help provide emergency shelter, transitional residences and extremely low-income housing. The grants improve housing for community members, including those with disabilities, survivors of domestic abuse, individuals with chronic mental illness, those with incomes at or below 30% of the area median income and youth experiencing homelessness.

“Throughout Wisconsin, providers of emergency and transitional housing are working harder than ever to keep our most vulnerable residents safe and connected with healthcare and community services that support stability and help Wisconsinites thrive,” Evers said. “The WHEDA Foundation grants play an essential role in creating and improving these residences for community members.”

WHEDA CEO Joaquin Altoro said this year’s award of $1,040,000 will create or improve 845 beds and housing units across Wisconsin.

Providers in Ashland, Brown, Burnett, Calumet, Dane, Dodge, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, La Crosse, Lincoln, Marinette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Outagamie, Polk, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Shawano, Waukesha, Winnebago and Wood counties received awards ranging from $2,142 to $40,000.

WHEDA received 65 applications through the housing grant competition totaling $2,014,456, signifying a high demand and need in the state, the release said.