Washington County – Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

The rental aid program in Washington County has come to an end.


COVID-19 Rent Assistance and Eviction Protections Programs: By 2020, tenants and landlords in Washington County will be able to seek help with past due rent through two programs: the US Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance program and the state-supported Landlord Compensation Fund (which is financed by the county) (LCF applications closed in June 2021). Please see our COVID-19 Updates and Programs page for additional information on eviction protections, or read this overview document (in English and Spanish) about tenant rights, rent assistance, and going to court.

Rental Assistance Programs

The Washington County Department of Housing Services (DHS) offers a variety of housing alternatives to qualified applicants, including:

Section 8 vouchers are classified as Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) and Project-Based Vouchers (Project-Based Vouchers).

Housing Assistance for the Poor

Jensen Patrick

Jensen Patrick, a 39-year-old housing and rental assistance specialist, was born and raised in the small town of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He pursued his education in Social Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he became deeply interested in the intricacies of housing laws and their impact on communities. Jensen has spent nearly fifteen years working in various capacities within local government in Wisconsin, developing and implementing programs that support affordable housing and prevent homelessness. His work has earned him recognition as a practical and compassionate advocate for underprivileged populations. Outside of his professional life, Jensen is an avid fisherman and enjoys weekend trips to the Great Lakes with his wife and twin daughters, where they teach the girls the value of conservation and enjoying nature.


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