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Dane County Emergency Rental Assistance – Dane CORE 2.0

Dane CORE is a partnership between Dane County, the City of Madison, Urban Triage, Tenant Resource Center, Community Action Coalition and other community partners. The goal of this partnership is to assist eligible households in need of rental and utility assistance with funding to ensure those bills can be paid.

The Dane CORE 2.0 program has expanded to cover additional housing costs.  Eligible households can apply for rental arrears, past due housing utilities, internet services, security deposits, and forward rent payments. Program requirements:

  • Past due housing utilities (i.e. water, gas, electric)- telephone and cable not included
  • Internet Services (If bundled with telephone and cable a portion of the bill will be covered).
  • Security Deposits and Future Rent Payments may be available if any of the following are true:
    • You have an eviction notice, or are at immediate risk of eviction.
    • Your household is extremely Low-Income (less than 30% Area Median Income).
    • You are currently getting Unemployment Insurance benefit payments.
    • You have a notice of non-renewal at your current home.
  • You or someone in your household owes rent to your current or former landlord, or know for certain you won’t be able to pay your rent next month.
  • You experienced financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic, either directly or indirectly. This includes receiving unemployment or having a significant reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship during the period of the COVID-19 public health emergency which remains ongoing.
  • You are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, including owing past rent.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible, all of the following must be true:

Someone in your household either:

    • Qualifies for unemployment
    • Experienced a loss in income due to COVID-19
    • Experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • You are at risk of being homeless or experiencing housing instability. You can prove this by showing:
    • A rent payment that is past due
    • A utilities or internet payment that is past due
    • An eviction notice
    • That you don't have enough income to pay a security deposit or your next rent payment
  • Your household income is less than 80% Area Median Income (AMI):
    • Household size of 1: $55,950/year
    • Household size of 2: $63,950/year
    • Household size of 3: $71,950/year
    • Household size of 4: $79,900/year
    • Household size of 5: $86,300/year
  • You have a signed lease, and have your name as the primary leaseholder (renter).
  • You live in Dane County.


To apply click here!

Dane County has partnered with Urban Triage to support non City of Madison- Dane County Residents.  Urban Triage will offer call center hours, online chat availability, and in person support.  To apply click here.

Call Center: 608-299-4128 select option 1

  • Monday and Wednesdays 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Call Center is closed on Fridays to process applications

The City of Madison has partnered with Community Action Collation (CAC) to support City of Madison Residents and Tenant Resource Center to support those facing Eviction within Dane County. 

City of Madison Tenants & Landlords click here or call 608-299-4128, select option 2.

Dane County Residents with an Eviction Court Date click here or call 608-299-4128, select option 3.


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