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

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

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Dane County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 5th, 2015.

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.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Dane County Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update April 21st, 2016.

The Dane County Housing Authority (DCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


Please note: Only the 3 bedroom waiting list for families, and 1 bedroom waiting list for senior/disabled household are open at this time

The DCHA offers two Public Housing communities with 86 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from 1 to 5 bedrooms.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the DCHA to pick up a pre-application, located at 2001 W. Broadway, Suite #1, Madison, WI 53713; or Wisconsin Management, Inc., located at 2040 S. Park Street, Madison, WI 53713, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Thursday.
  2. Request to have a pre-applicaiton mailed to you by calling (608) 224-3636 or (608) 258-2080 from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Thursday. Be sure to state you want a Public Housing pre-application for Dane County when calling.
Once the pre-application has been completed, the pre-applications can be mailed or hand delivered to Wisconsin Management, located at 2040 S. Park Street, Madison, WI 53713.

No documents are needed at this time.

The DCHA does have a preference for: Families with children, elderly, disabled, displaced, rent burdened, or substandard living conditions.

For more information, visit the DCHA website, or call the office at (608) 224-3636 from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Thursday.

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)

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