Barron County Housing Authority
611 Woodland Avenue, #25
Barron, Barron County, WI


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Barron County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on November 13th, 2015.

Please note: The Barron County Housing Authority covers Barron County, WI, with the exception of Rice Lake, WI. Please click the link provided for information on that area.

The Barron County Housing Authority (BCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened in September 2014, and is open indefinitely.

Please note: The waiting list will close once 300 pre-applications are accepted.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

For more information, visit the BCHA website, or call the office at (715) 537-5344.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Barron County Housing Authority administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 140 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Barron County Housing Authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Barron County Housing Authority is among the 22% of Wisconsin housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Barron County Housing Authority scored an average of 86 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 64 in 2005. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Wisconsin is 78.82.

Barron County Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Wisconsin housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Barron County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 1/19/10 Plan
2008 11/29/07 Plan
2007 12/13/06 Plan
2006 11/3/05 Plan
2005 12/15/04 Plan
2004 10/28/03 Plan
2003 5/5/03 Plan
2002 7/26/02 Plan
2001 6/14/01 Plan
2000 5/12/00 Plan