Wisconsin Community Action holds listening session in Beloit on affordable housing

BELOIT, Wis. — Wisconsin affordable housing service providers hosted a listening session in Beloit Tuesday evening to better understand how the system can improve and let anyone who may need assistance know what services are in place. 

According to Wisconsin Community Action Program Association, with inflation, the average cost to build an affordable housing unit is now about $300,000. 

Organizers say affordable housing is in a crisis, and individual communities play a big part in that change. 

Right now, more than 350,000 households in Wisconsin spend half of their income just on rent.

“We’re really hoping that local groups will take an activist approach to problem-solving in their communities and we can funnel this into a statewide effort for change,” said Andy Heidt, a housing policy and programs manager for WISCAP. 

Since February 2021, more than $200 million in American Rescue Plan rental assistance went to 48,000 households across the state. $27 million of that went to Rock and Walworth counties.