HHCDA reveals new COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program for 2021

By Ardith Van Riper

     The Ho-Chunk Housing and Community Development Agency (HHCDA) announced an Emergency Rental Assistance Program on March 3 for tribal members and the Ho-Chunk Nation in response to the COVID-19 virus of 2020 and the declared state of emergency.  HHCDA made applications available for rent up to $1,000 per month and utilities or home energy costs up to $300 per month.

     This program is intended to assist with rental arrearages and utility arrearages.  HHCDA will also provide future rental assistance for up to 12 months for qualifying families.

     “This rental assistance will be available to households that are 80% of our area median income to renters, even if they have previously received rental assistance from HHCDA this past year,” stated Executive Director Neil Whitegull. “This program is for all Ho-Chunk members that live in any Ho-Chunk Nation Legislative District, with the exception that members must live in the United States.”

     Families that live in HHCDA or Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Housing rental units are also eligible for this program.

     The United States Department of Treasury funds this program, and HHCDA must comply with applicable federal requirements.  Assistance will be granted on a first-come first-served basis for eligible applicants.

     Applications for download are located online at https://hhcda.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/ERP-Application-3-03-21.pdf.  Check https://hhcda.com in the ‘Forms’ section for an on-line fillable application.

     Return all completed applications and required documentation to HHCDA.  Email the application and supporting documents to covid19chaps@ho-chunk.com or fax to 608-374-1270.  Mail the documents to HHCDA, P.O. Box 730, Tomah, WI 54660, or hand-deliver to 1116 E. Monowau Street in Tomah.  There is a drop box outside the front door.

     Questions regarding this program can be emailed to Erap@ho-chunk.com or call 608-374-1245.