Housing Navigation During COVID-19

Relocating into a new rental unit is normally a difficult process, but the COVID-19 pandemic made it even more challenging. In the State of Wisconsin, Commercial Real Estate is an essential business and many rental companies offer apartment tours at this time. When you leave your home to tour a rental unit, please follow these safety recommendations from Milwaukee County: stay 6 feet away from other people, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds as often as possible, sneeze into your elbow, refrain from shaking hands, and wear a face mask.

If you experienced a loss of income as a result of the pandemic, you can apply for rent assistance to help cover the costs of a security deposit and first month of rent. Submit your application online with Community Advocates, or pick up a paper application at the Community Advocates office on 728 North James Lovell st.

If you are experiencing homelessness, you can call 2-1-1 and request to be placed into emergency shelter. Milwaukee County has implemented safety measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission in these shelters. 

Any other housing navigation questions? We are here to help. Contact the MKE RHRC at (414) 895-RENT or email us at info@renthelpmke.org. Someone from RHRC will get back within 24 hours.

How to Help Your Milwaukee Neighbors During the Pandemic 

You can’t “stay at home” if you have no home. People experiencing homelessness are disproportionately infected by the COVID-19 virus. If you’d like to donate to rent assistance funds, which directly prevents eviction and homelessness, please visit https://www.payitforwardmilwaukee.com/.