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 October 14th, 2015.

The Waukesha Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

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 Statuses

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.

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Waukesha Housing Authority operates 264 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Waukesha Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 7% studio apartments, 37% 1 bedroom apartments, 24% 2 bedroom apartments, 24% 3 bedroom apartments, 6% 4 bedroom apartments and 2% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Waukesha Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 246 out of a total 264 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 6.82%.

Family Type

Of the 213 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 30 (14.08%) were elderly, 183 (85.92%) were non-elderly, 118 (55.4%) were disabled, 107 (50.23%) contained children and 98 (46.01%) 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 Waukesha Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Waukesha Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $487.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $567. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $752. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $1503. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $410.

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 Waukesha Housing Authority portfolio, 20% of households identified as Black, 76% identified as White, and 11% 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 Waukesha Housing Authority properties, 162 were Extremely Low Income, 58 were Very Low Income, 19 were Low Income and 6 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Waukesha Housing Authority properties is $17,405. Of all public housing residents, 4% have no income and 17% 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 Waukesha Housing Authority public housing 35% have wage income, 27% have welfare income, 65% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 29% have other income and 3% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 245 households containing 572 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 2.3.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 50.23% of households included children. Across all household members in Waukesha Housing Authority public houins units 10.7% are aged zero to five and 28.8% are aged 6 to 17.

11.9% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 48.6% 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 Waukesha Housing Authority public housing communities. 26.53% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 7.76% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 65.71% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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