New state program helps with property taxes, mortgages and utility payments

By Patrick Lynn

Governor Tony Evers last week announced a new program designed to provide financial assistance to homeowners.

The Wisconsin Help for Homeowners program is expected to provide more than $92 million in financial assistance, using support provided by the American Rescue Plan Act.

The goal of the program, according to a press release from Evers, is to “empower homeowners and create a dedicated network of homeownership resources.”

This program is the product of the work of a working group of Treasurer’s House owners that State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski developed in partnership with the Wisconsin County Treasurers Association.

Wisconsin homeowners who meet the following criteria may qualify:

Portage Co. Treasurer Pam Przybelski said the program is ideal for owners who have experienced financial hardship since Jan. 21, 2020.

“People who have lost their jobs or fallen behind on their bills due to the pandemic may find the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners program makes the difference between keeping and losing a home,” Przybelski said.

The program offers assistance with mortgage payments, property taxes and utility bills — including internet, Przybelski said — and payment for financial advice and legal services.

An online application and more information about the program is available on the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners website at https://homeownerhelp.wi.gov.

A call center also offers information about application options at 1-855-2-HOME-WI (1-855-246-6394).

Przybelski said another statewide resource is Take Root Wisconsin, a network designed to help people become homeowners, stay homeowners and help with repair work.

“I encourage members of the community to also register with them if they need assistance in areas that fall outside of the Wisconsin Homeowners Assistance Program,” she said. .

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