HHCDA announces Emergency Utility Loan Program

By Ardith Van Riper

     The Ho-Chunk Housing & Community Development Agency (HHCDA) provides an Emergency Utility Loan of up to $400 to low or moderate income HHCDA tenants or Ho-Chunk Nation members who own their own homes.  This loan is intended to address members’ need for utility assistance resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

     The loan must be used for electric, natural gas, LP gas, public water or sewer utility.  There is no administrative fee, and loans are 0% interest.

     The loan program will end when all funds have been depleted, or the emergency declaration has been lifted.

     Some eligibility requirements include the applicant must be an enrolled Ho-Chunk Nation member, be the owner of the home or a renter named on the lease, must not exceed income guidelines, and reside in specified Wisconsin counties (Adams, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Sauk, Shawano, Trempealeau, Vernon, or Wood). 

     The first loan payment begins August 1, 2020, and must be at least $200 per quarter.
Additional information and the application can be found at https://hhcda.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Covid-19-Emergency-Utility-Loan-Policy-and-Application.pdf.

     Contact HHCDA with questions at 608-374-1245 or toll-free at 800-236-2260.  Completed applications can be emailed to Terri.Schilke@ho-chunk.com, or mailed to HHCDA, P.O. Box 730, Tomah, WI 54660, or faxed to 608-374-1251.