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Posted on: January 25, 2024

*WELCOME TENANT RESOURCE CENTER*

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City of Sun Prairie and Sunshine Place Excited to Welcome Tenant Resource Center to Community

The City of Sun Prairie and Sunshine Place are thrilled to announce the arrival of Tenant Resource Center (TRC) to the community. TRC will be instrumental in delivering essential housing navigation and eviction resources, addressing a significant need in Sun Prairie.

TRC offers a comprehensive range of services, encompassing housing counseling, eviction prevention, housing mediation, outreach, education, and more. Functioning as a central housing resource hub for the Sun Prairie community, the program's primary focus areas include delivering housing counseling to numerous households, facilitating direct referrals to legal services for tenants facing evictions, and organizing outreach, educational, and training events. Additionally, all services are accessible in both English and Spanish. Following almost a year of careful planning, this resource is now actively providing housing information and services to individuals and families in need.

In May 2023, discussions were initiated between the City and Sunshine Place with the aim of introducing services from TRC to the community. The catalyst for these discussions was TRC's participation in Sun Prairie’s Affordable Housing Month, where they conducted programming focusing on evictions. This engagement prompted ongoing conversations between the City and Sunshine Place, leading to a collaborative exploration of opportunities to establish a strategic partnership and bring TRC's resources to the area.

The initiative was then deliberated during a Housing Committee meeting, ultimately concluding with committee members expressing interest in exploring funding opportunities to support it. Funding for the initiative was successfully secured through a collaborative partnership between the City, leveraging resources from the affordable housing fund, and receiving financial support from Dane County.

“I am immensely grateful for the collaboration between our community partners in bringing such a necessary resource to assist our community’s housing needs,” said Ann Maastricht, Executive Director of Sunshine Place.

TRC services are now accessible at Sunshine Place, located at 1632 West Main Street, Suite 170. Bilingual staff are available for drop-ins on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with virtual appointments conducted from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Wednesdays, drop-ins are available throughout the day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bilingual staff also welcome drop-ins on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“It is my hope that all who desire to call Sun Prairie home can do so without barriers and enjoy the high quality of life we strive to provide,” said Mayor Paul Esser. “Incorporating support and services from the Tenant Resource Center is a step in the right direction to achieving that.”

To learn more about TRC services, please call 608-708-6008 or email sunprairie@tenantresourcecenter.org.

About Sunshine Place

Sunshine Place helps its Sun Prairie neighbors walking through hardships with approximately 148 acts of kindness per day. The 501(c)(3) organization, along with key community partners, provide food, clothing, beds, and other vital social services with respect and dignity from its three buildings on the corner of Main Street and Rickel Road in Sun Prairie.

About City of Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie is a vibrant and thriving community located in northeastern Dane county, just east of the City of Madison. The City of Sun Prairie has experienced strong population growth since its incorporation from a village to a city in 1958, undergoing a transformation from a relatively small community of less than 4,000 to an estimated 36,394 today.

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