Critical Assistance Program (CA)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Critical Assistance Program (CA) provides direct emergency financial assistance to low-to-moderate income households in areas of the state that are not served by the HUD Emergency Solutions Grant, state-funded Homeless Prevention Program, or other funds. Households served are at or below 80 percent of County Median Income (CMI), with the majority of households below 30 percent of CMI. CA funds can be utilized for a one-time rent payment, utility payment, security deposit, mortgage payment or property tax payment to prevent homelessness.   

The Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources awards CA grant funds to one, eligible agency who has the capacity to assist the neediest clients throughout the state of Wisconsin, outside of Dane, Milwaukee, and Racine counties. Grant awards include operations funds to support housing activities, and may be used to provide housing counseling as well as staff salaries and other administrative necessities. 

The Division encourages the coordination of CA prevention activities with existing local programs and expects the grantee agency to collaborate with agencies in local communities for the delivery of homelessness prevention services.​

​Eligible Activities

  • Security Deposits 

        The grantee agency may provide security deposit assistance to renters after other homeless prevention assistance sources are considered. 

  • Rent Assistance 

        The grantee agency may provide a one-time rental payment, with the client showing capacity to make future rent payments. 

  • Mortgage Assistance

        The grantee agency may assist homeowners with a one-time payment of principal and interest on a mortgage loan that is in arrearage. The                    homeowner must show the ability to make future payments. 

  • Property Tax Payments

        The grantee agency may assist homeowners with a one-time property tax payment for a property tax arrearage. The homeowner must show the              ability to make future payments. 

  • Utility Assistance

        The grantee agency may provide utility payment assistance in instances when non-payment will lead to eviction and homelessness. Eligible                      assistance includes heat, electric, and water costs. Other forms of utility assistance must first be considered before CA funds are used. 

The grantee agency may use up to fifteen percent (15%) of the total award for operational costs to support housing assistance activities, including staff salaries and administrative expenses. 

Current Grantee

Individuals and households in need of emergency financial housing assistance should first contact agencies in their local area. Eligibility to receive CA funds may only be considered after all local resources have been exhausted. 

The current CA grantee is the Foundation for Rural Housing.

Telephone: (608) 238-3448


The next CA application period for agencies to apply will be available in spring 2025. ​​

Program Forms

DEHCR CA Client File Checklist

DEHCR CA Monitoring Questionnaire​ 

Contact Information​

If an individual and/or household is in need of housing assistance, please go to DEHCR's main webpage​ for a list of resources located by county.

CA Program Manager - Dana Wallace 

Telephone: (608) 261-7013
Mailing Address: Department of Administration
                         Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources
                         P.O. Box 7970
                         Madison, WI 53707-7970​