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.


Imagination Center Update

The Imagination Center at Reindahl Park was originally discussed in the Madison Public Library Strategic Plan for Eastside Growth in 2016. In 2019, there were many more discussions about how and when we could start building it and then 2020 happened. I reached out to Brent Pauba, City Project Manager who said, “The City has advertised a Request for Proposal which seeks Architectural and Engineering design services. Upon completion of the RFP process, we’ll proceed to the design phases of the Imagination Center at Reindahl Park.”

So the Imagination Center is still moving forward, although slowly. One of my main priorities is to ensure district 17 families get the imagination center that is needed. It is more than a library, it will be a commuity hub that will serve as a community forum, civic innovator, holistic health advocate, cultural platform and economic engine. 

Here are some of the articles written about the Imagination Center at Reindahl Park.

From civic space to child care, east side residents envision possibilities for proposed Reindahl Imagination Center. Abigail Becker. The Capital Times. March 4, 2020.

Soil Drilling, Testing to Begin in Reindahl Park. Hannah Mohelnitzky. City of Madison Press Release. November 19, 2019.

Ald. Samba Baldeh: Reindahl Park Library Would Bring Services to Those with Greatest Needs. Samba Baldeh, District 17 Alder. The Cap Times. October 17, 2019.

Snakes and Slides: How Locals are Imagining the Reindahl Imagination Center. Michelle Baik, NBC-15 TV. October 8, 2019.

Reindahl Imagination Center Would Be More Than “A Library in a Park”. Abigail Becker, The Cap Times. June 17, 2019.

Madison Considers Building $17M Library, Community Center at Reindahl Park. Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal. August 9, 2017.