Dane County Housing Authority
2001 W Broadway
Monona, Dane County, WI

608-224-3636 http://www.dcha.net/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The Dane County Housing Authority (DCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. The waiting list was last open for one day in August 2015, and prior to that for two months in 2007. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply in 2015, pre-applications were accepted online only. Duplicate forms were not accepted.

Qualified applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

The DCHA stated that if an applicant has been placed onto the waiting list, they won't be informed of their status or position number.

Once an applicant's name has reached the top of the list, they will be notified by mail. 

The waiting list closed only four and a half hours after opening. More than 2,200 pre-applications were submitted, even though the DCHA planned on closing the waiting list at 1,5000 pre-applications.

More information about the 2015 opening can be found on the DCHA blog here.

In 2007, more than 5,000 pre-applications were submitted.

The DCHA accepted less pre-applications in 2015 to serve households on the waiting list in a timely manner. 

Applicants must notify the DCHA of any change of contact information in writing within 10 business days of the change. If there is no response by the applicant withing a specific period of time, their pre-application will be terminated.

For more information, please call the DCHA office at (608) 224-3636 or visit the DCHA website.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Dane County Housing Authority operates 86 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Dane County Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 28% 1 bedroom apartments, 26% 2 bedroom apartments, 39% 3 bedroom apartments, 5% 4 bedroom apartments and 2% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Dane County Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 82 out of a total 86 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 4.65%.

Family Type

Of the 74 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 5 (6.76%) were elderly, 69 (93.24%) were non-elderly, 34 (45.95%) were disabled, 44 (59.46%) contained children and 38 (51.35%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Dane County Housing Authority's public housing developments is $25.

The average tenant rent contribution for Dane County Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $419.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $184. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $317. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $634. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $403.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Dane County Housing Authority portfolio, 27% of households identified as Black, 66% identified as White, and 2% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Dane County Housing Authority properties, 61 were Extremely Low Income, 16 were Very Low Income, 3 were Low Income and 2 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Dane County Housing Authority properties is $17,898. Of all public housing residents, 1% have no income and 20% earn more than $25,000 while 79% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Dane County Housing Authority public housing 38% have wage income, 4% have welfare income, 60% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 39% have other income and 1% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 82 households containing 228 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 2.8.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 59.46% of households included children. Across all household members in Dane County Housing Authority public houins units 17.5% are aged zero to five and 36% are aged 6 to 17.

5.7% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 40.8% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Dane County Housing Authority public housing communities. 24.39% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 7.32% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 68.29% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Dane County Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 86 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,211 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Dane County Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Dane County Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (7%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (93%) to that of all housing authorities in Wisconsin, Dane County Housing Authority has a smaller proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Wisconsin.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 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, Dane County Housing Authority scored an average of 87 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2009 and a low score of 72 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Wisconsin is 78.82.

Dane 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Dane County Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 89. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Stoughton Hsg/scat Sites has a passing score.

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

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 Dane County Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 2/2/12 Plan
2010 3/17/10 Plan
2009 1/26/09 Plan
2008 4/4/08 Plan
2007 12/15/06 Plan
2006 12/20/05 Plan
2005 4/4/05 Plan
2004 12/19/03 Plan
2003 6/27/03 Plan
2002 3/11/02 Plan
2001 2/13/01 Plan
2000 5/10/01 Plan