Emergency Solutions Grant Program

Counties Served

Program Description
The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program provides rental assistance to individuals/families that are literally homeless. When an applicant is eligible, a portion of their rent will be paid through Newcap based on their income. This payment will be sent directly to the landlord the first working day of each month. The tenant will be responsible for the balance.

Rapid Re-Housing:
This program targets individuals/families who are literally homeless.  It is to assist homeless persons living on the streets or in an emergency shelter transition as quickly as possible into permanent housing, and then to help such persons achieve stability in that housing.

If the applicant is approved, attendance at an interview/briefing session is required. During the briefing, the tenant is given a detailed explanation of the program and their responsibilities. When the tenant has located a unit and the owner accepts the assistance, an inspection is performed to ensure the unit is decent, safe, and sanitary under the Housing Quality Standards regulations. If the unit passes, the owner and Newcap enter into a Housing Assistance Payment Contract. The tenant and the landlord enter into a lease agreement.

Case Managers will conduct monthly home visits at least once a month or more if needed. Home visits will focus on individual goals, landlord/tenant issues, employment concerns, financial management, or other goals identified through various assessments. Room-by-room inspections may be done as needed. Attendance at workshops focused on self-sufficiency may be mandated. Follow-up services will be provided to families exiting the program.   

Eligibility Guidelines

Family income must be at or below 50% of the County Median Income


Application Process
Applications can be obtained by contacting the Oconto office and completing a phone assessment to determine eligibility.


Nikki Skrobel, Housing Intake Specialist: (800) 242-7334 ext. 1108


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