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Dane County Department of Human Services

Emergency Assistance Grants

Emergency Assistance Grants is a program for low-income families facing eviction/foreclosure or who are homeless and moving into a new place, or for those affected by fire, flood, or other natural disasters. Funding may be used for the first month's rent, security deposit, or eviction prevention.


Emergency fund jar

Who Qualifies for Emergency Assistance Grants and How to Apply

Families with limited resources that have not received an Emergency Assistance grant already in the last 12 months can qualify for Emergency Assistance if:

  • There is at least one minor dependent in the home
  • They have a 5-day eviction notice for non-payment of rent, or the household is currently homeless and has found new housing to move into
  • The group has less than $2,500 in assets
  • The household has less than 115% FPL of monthly gross income (before taxes are taken out)

For Emergency Assistance eligibility information please visit the State website here.

For community resources, call the United Way of Dane County at 2-1-1, or visit them online at