Learn more about the Equitable Recovery Grant from The Wisconsin Department of Administration. This grant will fund services provided to 450 families over the next three years.
The Road Home Dane County has been selected to receive a $638,500 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Administration Equitable Recovery Fund. This fund was created through the Federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to increase equity and eliminate disparities in health, early childhood development, education, economic support, housing and environmental justice in communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Governor Tony Evers stated, “We must continue to work together to make sure that as our state is recovering, every community and every family is recovering with us. That’s critical to ensuring our state’s long-term success and building a Wisconsin that works for everyone.” Many nonprofit agencies across the state as well as here in Dane county were also recipients of this grant that dispersed $82 million to organizations awarded throughout the state.
This grant will fund services provided to 450 families over the next three years. Support services include housing voucher case management, rental, utility and transportation assistance and counseling services. The holistic, wrap-around services provided by The Road Home are focused on providing families with housing insecurities goal-driven opportunities to find and maintain stable housing. The Road Home currently has 13 housing programs with the newly expanded Housing Voucher Program that provides support services for local families with Section 8 Mainstream and Emergency Vouchers, allowing them to pay 30% of their income for rent. This program is administered by the City of Madison Community Development Authority and Dane County Housing Authority with all agencies providing support to families.
The importance of these funds as they are dispersed over the next three years will continue to help Dane County’s most vulnerable children and families recover from the impact of Covid and the end of the eviction moratorium. “It takes many community change agents to address the many factors contributing to housing instabilities amongst individuals and families nationally, statewide and locally,” Georgia Allen, newly appointed executive director of The Road Home explained.
The Road Home supports families experiencing homelessness by helping them locate stable housing and by providing supportive services so they can reach their goals and successfully maintain that housing. The Road Home serves over 200 families including 500 children each year with 95% of families remaining stably housed. The supportive and holistic work done by The Road Home is part of larger, community-wide action that addresses underlying problems, providing lasting solutions that not only pull families out of the crisis of homelessness but also prevent other families from experiencing the crisis in the first place.