Waukesha Housing Authority
600 Arcadian Avenue
Waukesha, Waukesha County, WI

262-542-2262 http://www.whaonline.com/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Waukesha Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 19th, 2017.

The Waukesha Housing Authority (WHA) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list applications.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll down below the PBV section.

To apply, complete the online application here. Select a "Project Based" waiting list.

There are no preferences.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information by writing the WHA via email, mail or fax.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (262) 542-2262.

The Waukesha Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in January 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed. We have contacted the WHA, and will update our page when more information becomes available.

Applicants can check their status online two weeks after the application has been submitted.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information by writing the WHA via email, mail or fax.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (262) 542-2262.


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 Waukesha Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update October 21st, 2015.

The Waukesha Housing Authority (WHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households, as of October 21, 2015 at 9:00 am CT.


Please note: The waiting list is open for Scattered Site Public Housing and Saratoga Heights.


If an applicant needs assistance in completing the pre-application, or does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at the WHA office, located at 600 Arcadian Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186, from 8:00 am until 12:30 pm; and 1:30 pm until 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

The following documentation is required of all household members when submitting the pre-application: Social Security Number, date of birth, all income sources, banking and investment information, criminal history.

If there are any complications in completing the online pre-application, applicants can call the WHA at (262) 436-0932, or TTY (262) 436-0939.

The WHA has identified the following preferences: Disabled, single persons 62 years old or older.

One-two weeks after submitting the pre-application, applicants can check their status on the waiting list here. If your pre-application does not appear on the waiting list, you may call the WHA at (262) 436-0932, or TTY (262) 436-0939.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (262) 542-2262.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Waukesha Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 264 affordable rental units. It also administers 792 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Waukesha Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 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 Waukesha Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (25%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (75%) to that of all housing authorities in Wisconsin, Waukesha 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, Waukesha Housing Authority scored an average of 88 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2005 and a low score of 67 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Wisconsin is 78.82.

Waukesha 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 Waukesha Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 9/19/12 Plan
2008 12/15/09 Plan