Dane CORE Program will begin accepting pre-applications starting Feb 17

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Hello Neighbors, here is a message from the Tenant Resource Center

Approximately $15 million of federal funds in direct rental assistance is being provided by the City of Madison and Dane County. The Tenant Resource Center (TRC) will, once again, be facilitating a large-scale, community-wide emergency rental assistance effort. These funds are significantly different than the funds provided by the CARES Act in the summer of 2020 as they come with numerous requirements of income verification (per HUD 24 CFR 5.609) as determined by the US Department of Treasury. Receiving these funds does not affect citizenship status as they are not weighed in determination of public charge. There are no restrictions around receiving these funds based on immigration status. The TRC does not ask for or collect any information about immigration status.

We know this will be a challenge to many renters but we are here to help! We will be scheduling multiple 1-hour training sessions (Register by clicking on the date link — Feb 19, 2021, 1:00 pm, Feb 23, 2021, 11:00 am, and Feb 25, 2021, 1:00 pm) for service providers who are interested in better understanding the Dane CORE application system and process. We will also be updating the Dane CORE website beginning next week with locations/dates/times that we will be providing in-person application support for community members. We will be scheduling appointments at those locations and adhere to ALL public health safety measures. We will require those that we are assisting to adhere to all public health safety measures as well.

The Dane CORE Pre-Application is an Online system that Tenant (renters) and Property owners (landlords or agents) can access to pre-apply for rental assistance funds for up to 12 months of back-owed rent that has been accrued since March 12, 2020.

We anticipate thousands of pre-applications being submitted in the coming weeks. BOTH tenants and landlords are required to submit documents as a requirement of these federal funds. The TRC has no control over the required documents and therefore cannot waive these requirements. 

TRC cannot guarantee that a pre-application will be authorized for payment but tenants and landlords will receive email updates  1) when they submit a pre-application for processing, 2) if there is any additional information needed for processing, 3) (if authorized) when a payment is being sent on behalf the tenant to the landlord and/or 4) if the application is ineligible for payment.

Payment processing will occur once a week and will begin the last week of February.

Please see the attachments for additional information about how to apply, the eligibility criteria, and the required documents.

Take care, Tenant Resource Center

Hola vecinos, aquí hay un mensaje del Tenant Resource Center,

La Cuidad de Madison y el Condado de Dane anunciaron recientemente la disponibilidad de hasta $16 millones de dólares para asistencia de emergencia para el pago de alquiler de parte del gobierno federal que serán usados para ayudar con los pagos de los alquileres atrasados. Además, el Presidente Biden extendió la moratoria federal de desalojos hasta el 31 de Marzo. Estos fondos de emergencia son esenciales para nuestra comunidad y reconocemos lo necesario que es repartirlos lo más rápido posible para ayudar tanto a los inquilinos que tiene dificultades como a los propietarios. Para lograr cumplir con la demanda anticipada de estos fondos, tanto la Ciudad como el Condado están trabajando con el Centro de Recursos para Inquilinos (Tenant Resource Center) para abrir solicitudes para asistencia de emergencia para el pago de alquiler la semana del 15 de Febrero.

Nuestra prioridad es asegurar que los miembros de la comunidad se mantengan albergados bajo condiciones seguras. Le estamos solicitando a los propietarios de viviendas que trabajen con nosotros durante este tiempo para cumplir ese propósito. Nosotros sabemos que estos fondos no serán suficientes para satisfacer todas las necesidades de nuestra comunidad pero anticipamos que se nos facilitarán fondos adicionales para continuar ampliando el programa para cubrir el déficit masivo de alquileres. Nosotros pediremos en intercambio por proporcionar los alquileres atrasados permitidos para inquilinos elegibles, que se hagan arreglos para que esos inquilinos no sean desplazados. Todos necesitamos trabajar juntos como comunidad para asegurar que podamos estabilizar hogares a medida que todos “Reconstruimos Algo Mejor” a lo largo de esta pandemia.


Celebrate Black History Month with Madison Public Library

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time to honor the central role of black Americans in U.S. history and beyond.

Visit the Madison Public Library’s dedicated page to events around Madison this month! Many of the events are virtual so you can safely attend!


MPD Chief Barnes Swearing-In Ceremony

Live-Stream Event on February 1st at 10AM

The Swearing-In Ceremony for Dr. Shon F. Barnes as the 30th Chief of Police for the City of Madison will be streamed live for the media and public on Monday, February 1st. Please see the attached PDF for more details.

What: Chief Barnes’ Swearing-In Ceremony
When: Monday, February 1st at 10:00am
Virtual Event Live Stream Link:

Welcome and Introductions: Madison Police Department Public Information Officer Tyler Grigg
Opening Remarks: Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway
Police and Fire Commission (PFC) Administers Oath to Chief: PFC member Jacqueline Boggess
Pinning of the Chief: Dr. Stephanie Dance-Barnes
Remarks: Chief Shon Barnes

Secure Ballot Drop Boxes Open Tomorrow

Boxes will be open Jan. 26 to Feb. 15 for the Spring Primary.

The City of Madison’s secure ballot drop boxes will be opened tomorrow, Jan. 26, for the Feb. 16 Spring Primary. The boxes provide a secure way for City of Madison absentee voters to return their ballots to the City Clerk’s Office.

If you requested an absentee ballot for the Feb. 16, 2021 election, you should see it in your mailbox in the next few days. Follow the instructions included with your absentee ballot to make sure your ballot is counted.

Click here for more info

Congratulations to Vice President Harris

Congratulations to Vice President Kamala Harris as the first female vice president, the first African American woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. She is an inspiration to many and demonstrates to our BIPOC youth that they can aspire to hold one of the highest elected offices in the land. At a time when our nation is reeling from unprecedented civil unrest, Vice President Harris can lead the way toward healing.

Read more here

The Recycling Truck Fire: Why You Need to Follow Recycling Rules

Recycling Truck Fire

From the City of Madison Website

On January 14, 2021, a load of recyclables within a Streets Division collection truck burst into flames. Thankfully, the operator was able to act fast to keep herself safe and unload the burning recyclables into the street to save the vehicle from burning. The Madison Fire Department responded swiftly to extinguish the fire. The burnt and ruined recyclables were sent to the landfill.

The exact cause of this fire is unknown.

However, lithium-ion batteries, the same ones used to power cell phones, vape pens, laptops, electric bicycles, and many other electronics, are very often the reason  for these incidents. Fires at recycling facilities  and within recycling trucks from lithium batteries are a worldwide  problem.

What should you do with lithium batteries?
Never place batteries, particularly lithium batteries, into your recycling carts at your home.

The City of Madison Streets Division offers battery recycling for Madison residents at the drop-off sites.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources also has additional information on how to handle batteries on their website. 

What can you put into your recycling cart?
For residents of the City of Madison, you have an abundance of resources to learn what you can place into your green curbside recycling cart. You can check the websitecheck your recycling cart lid PDF , check your Recyclopedia booklet, or maybe even check your refrigerator if you have requested a free recycling magnet.

Contamination within our recycling is at an all-time high. Nearly 19% of everything placed into our recycling carts does not belong. While not all contamination is as physically dangerous as lithium batteries, all of it hurts the system, increases costs, and can damage or jam sorting equipment .


Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think one of the best ways to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, is to remember his dream. #Honor #Respect #Truth

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
August 28th, 1963 – Washington D.C.

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.”

From Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s blog

Please join me and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi next Monday, January 18, at 6:00 pm at the City-County Humanitarian Award Ceremony honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The award winners, selected by the City-County Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, are community members who reflect the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While the names of the awardees will not be public until closer to the event, I ask that you mark the ceremony on your calendar. You can log on to the event at this site: http://mlkingcoalition.org . It will be a wonderful evening, with music, speakers and gratitude for individuals who work to honor the legacy of Dr. King every day.

I  look forward to welcoming, and listening to, keynote speaker Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.  – a NY Times best-selling author, respected commentator, and Princeton University Professor. For more information about this event, other King Coalition events, and other community events planned to commemorate the King Holiday you can access the King Coalition Facebook page.



No Refuse, Recycling or Drop-off Services on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

There will be no trash or recycling collection by the Streets Division on Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday. The drop-off sites will also be closed.

Curbside Collection Information
Madison residents who normally have their trash and recycling collected on Mondays should instead place their carts out for collection by 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19.

Refuse and recycling for residents that have a Tuesday collection day will also be collected on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Residents must have their scheduled collection carts out and ready for pickup prior to 6:30 a.m. Carts set out late may not be collected until the next scheduled collection. As a reminder, residents should avoid placing carts in the street because they become obstructions for snowplowing operations and vehicle traffic.

Other Streets Division services, such as large item pickup and Christmas tree collection, may be temporarily delayed as crews need to be diverted from their regular duties in order to assist collecting refuse and recycling.

Drop-off Sites
The City of Madison drop-off sites will also be closed on January 18, 2021.

The drop-off sites will reopen for winter hours at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19.

The sites are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd. on the southwest side and 4602 Sycamore Ave. on the east side.

Additional Information
Information about all of the Streets Division’s recycling and solid waste services, including additional information about the drop-off sites, can be found at www.cityofmadison.com/streets.

New Emergency Order #12 Issued

Public Health Madison & Dane County has issued Emergency Order #12 PDF . The order goes into effect January 13, at 12:01am and will be in effect for 28 days.

Notable differences from the last order

  • Allows outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people (not including employees), with physical distancing. (Previous limit was 25.)
  • At restaurants, indoor dine-in capacity is still limited to 25% of approved seating capacity levels, with physical distancing between parties. To determine whether an establishment is a restaurant or a tavern, gross receipts for the period July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 will be considered. (Previous period was July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.)
  • Drive-in activities may now also offer outdoor seating, as long as it complies with gathering limits.
  • Physical distancing between individuals not from the same household or living unit must be maintained to the greatest extent possible for low risk PDF  sports. Games and competitions are allowed for low risk sports with physical distancing maintained to the greatest extent possible and in compliance with gathering limits. (Previously required physical distancing at all times. Physical distancing is still required at all times for medium and high-risk sports.)

More details here https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/new-order-issued-as-covid-19-cases-remain-high-in-dane-county