Milwaukee Emergency Rent Assistance Program

MERA Program has CLOSED

The Social Development Commission (SDC) has closed the Milwaukee Emergency Assistance Program. 

The Social Development Commission’s Milwaukee Emergency Rental Assistance Program, also known as MERA, has closed due to funds being disbursed. SDC processed all applications, and no more funds will be able to be distributed.

The MERA Program is funded by the Federal Government through the State of Wisconsin and the City of Milwaukee to help Milwaukee residents recover from the impact of COVID. SDC is proud to say that we have helped over 10,000 households in the city of Milwaukee. Putting out more than $90 million dollars in the community helping families stay in their homes. On average, SDC paid $4,000 in rent and utilities and, on some occasions, up to 8 months. This support has helped many Milwaukee residents restart their lives, regain employment, and come out of the pandemic with a better outlook.

SDC recognizes the continued need for assistance and the many people who are still unable to pay their monthly rent and utilities. The impact of the pandemic is still being felt to this day. We look forward to more transformative approaches as we continue to empower Milwaukee County residents with the resources to move beyond poverty.

Meet SDC MERA Client Shamicka

With her eviction date nearing, Shamicka’s landlord told her to contact SDC for assistance. Shamicka stopped into our office and received good news. Her rent was paid and she can stay in her home..

Please understand that we are continuing to do our part to keep families safe in their homes. If you have questions regarding your application, please email, call 414-906-2700 or stop into SDC’s main office at 1730 West North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53205.

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Supportive Services

The Social Development Commission has existed for more than 50 years empowering Milwaukee County residents with the resources to move beyond poverty. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are experiencing poverty.

We are built to help communities in crisis.

We are here to help those individuals and families find their pathway to success. We encourage you to check out some of our other services that may help you find your path, especially during these troubling times.

CR-Social Development Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you need this information interpreted to a language you understand or in a different format, please contact Jennifer Harris, Equal Opportunity Officer, at 414-906-2784 or Callers who are deaf or hearing or speech-impaired may reach us at Wisconsin Relay Number 711.

SDC-Main Office
1730 West North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53205

9155 North 76th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53223

9004 West Lincoln Avenue
West Allis, WI 53227

6850 North Teutonia Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53209

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