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Community Development Authority of the City of Madison

30 W. Mifflin Street, Suite 501
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin 53703

Community Development Authority of the City of Madison is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of May 17th, 2021, Community Development Authority of the City of Madison has 5 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Community Development Authority of the City of Madison serves Madison.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Madison, Wisconsin Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Family Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Community Development Authority of the City of Madison Senior and Disabled Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Karabis Apartments Wheelchair Accessible Only Multifamily Housing Open Until Further Notice
Parkside Apartments Senior/Disabled Multifamily Housing Open Until Further Notice
Madison, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Truax Park Apartments Project-Based Voucher Closed
Parkside Townhomes Multifamily Housing Closed

Open Community Development Authority of the City of Madison Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Community Development Authority of the City of Madison Website: https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/housing/.

Community Development Authority of the City of Madison Phone: (608) 266-4675.

COVID-19 Update: Affordable Housing Online has not yet confirmed if these waiting lists are still open. As of April 6, 2020, the Community Development Authority of the City of Madison website says:

" In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community, all CDA Offices are temporarily closed to the public effective March 18, 2020."

More information can be found here.

 

Open Until Further Notice: Madison, Wisconsin Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Community Development Authority of the City of Madison (CDA) Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from March 26, 2020, until further notice.

According to the CDA, the following households qualify:

  • "Families
    • At least 1 family household member is a non-elderly adult (age 18-61) with disabilities; and
    • Currently a client living in permanent supportive housing for the last 2 years, or a rapid rehousing project for the last 6 months
  • Singles
    • The individual is a non-elderly adult (age 18-61) with disabilities; and
    • Currently a client living in permanent supportive housing for the last 4 years, or a rapid rehousing project for the last 6 months

This includes any member of the family who is between the age of 18 and 61, and is a person with disabilities as defined in 42 U.S.C. 423."

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Singles
    Send an email to the Tenant Resource Center at mvp@tenantresourcecenter.org.
  2. Families
    Call The Road Home of Dane County at (608) 294-7998. Ask for Justin.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Head-of-household, spouse, or co-head lives, works, or attends school or participates in a training program in the City of Madison
  • Head of household, the spouse, or the cohead is elderly (62 years of age or older)
  • Head of household, the spouse, or the cohead is a person with disabilities
  • Minor children in the household
  • Head-of-household, spouse, or co-head is homeless and living in a public or private facility providing shelter, a motel or hotel, or is staying with other people because they are homeless (doubled-up); or the head-of-household, spouse, or co-head is a victim of a domestic-related crime.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the CDA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Community Development Authority of the City of Madison, as of March 25, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Madison, Wisconsin.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (608) 266-4675.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/26/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Family Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Community Development Authority of the City of Madison (CDA) waiting list for Family Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least October, 2018, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Head-of-household, spouse, or co-head lives, works, or attends school or participates in a training program in the City of Madison
  • Head of household, the spouse, or the cohead is elderly (62 years of age or older)
  • Head of household, the spouse, or the cohead is a person with disabilities
  • Minor children in the household

For more information, visit the CDA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (608) 266-4675.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/25/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Community Development Authority of the City of Madison (CDA) waiting list for Senior/Disabled Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least October, 2018, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Head-of-household, spouse, or co-head lives, works, or attends school or participates in a training program in the City of Madison
  • Head of household, the spouse, or the cohead is elderly (62 years of age or older)
  • Head of household, the spouse, or the cohead is a person with disabilities
  • Minor children in the household

For more information, visit the CDA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (608) 266-4675.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/25/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Karabis Apartments Wheelchair Accessible Only Multifamily Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Community Development Authority of the City of Madison (CDA) waiting list for Wheelchair Accessible Only; 1, 2 and 3-Bedroom Multifamily Housing apartments at Karabis Apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least March, 2020, until further notice.

Karabis Apartments is:

  • Located at 201 S. Park Street
  • 20 units consisting of one-, two-, and three-bedroom barrier-free units
  • Designated by HUD to serve people with physical disabilities
  • Applicants must provide verification of the need for a wheelchair accessible unit

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Head-of-household, spouse, or co-head lives, works, or attends school or participates in a training program in the City of Madison
  • Head of household, the spouse, or the cohead is elderly (62 years of age or older)
  • Head of household, the spouse, or the cohead is a person with disabilities
  • Minor children in the household

For more information, visit the CDA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (608) 266-4675.

Last Updated on 06/02/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Parkside Apartments Senior/Disabled Multifamily Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Community Development Authority of the City of Madison (CDA) waiting list for 1-Bedroom, Senior (62+)/Disabled Multifamily Housing apartments at Parkside Apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least March, 2020, until further notice.

Parkside Apartments is:

  • Located at 245 S. Park Street
  • 83 units designated by HUD for people who are elderly or disabled
  • Some units provide wheelchair accessibility

 

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Head-of-household, spouse, or co-head lives, works, or attends school or participates in a training program in the City of Madison
  • Head of household, the spouse, or the cohead is elderly (62 years of age or older)
  • Head of household, the spouse, or the cohead is a person with disabilities
  • Minor children in the household

For more information, visit the CDA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (608) 266-4675.

Last Updated on 06/02/2020.

Other Community Development Authority of the City of Madison Waiting Lists

Closed: Madison, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Community Development Authority of the City of Madison (CDA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. The waiting list was last open in July 2014, and before that in 2007. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

random lottery process was used to choose who was added to the waiting list.  

When the waiting list opens up again, notices will be published in local media.

For more information, visit the CDA website here, or call the office at (608) 266-4675.

Last Updated on 10/29/2018.

Closed: Truax Park Apartments Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Community Development Authority of the City of Madison (CDACM) waiting list for 2-Bedroom Section 8 Project Based Voucher apartments at Truax Park Apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from June 1, 2020, until an unconfirmed close date. 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.

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the CDACM website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CDACM, as of May 29, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Madison, Wisconsin.

Last Updated on 06/25/2020.

Closed: Parkside Townhomes Multifamily Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Community Development Authority of the City of Madison (CDA) waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom Multifamily Housing apartments at Parkside Townhomes is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

Parkside Townhomes is:

  • Located at 802 - 824 W. Washington Avenue
  • 12 two- and three-bedroom family units
  • Some units are wheelchair accessible

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

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Head-of-household, spouse, or co-head lives, works, or attends school or participates in a training program in the City of Madison
  • Head of household, the spouse, or the cohead is elderly (62 years of age or older)
  • Head of household, the spouse, or the cohead is a person with disabilities
  • Minor children in the household

For more information, visit the CDA website.

Last Updated on 06/02/2020.

About Community Development Authority of the City of Madison

More information about Community Development Authority of the City of Madison can be found on its website at https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/housing/.

Representatives of Community Development Authority of the City of Madison may be available by phone at (608) 266-4675. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/17/2021, it is not known if Community Development Authority of the City of Madison is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Community Development Authority of the City of Madison Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Community Development Authority of the City of Madison manages 1,768 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2020:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,341 41 82 24 97 183
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $755 $764 $859 $605 $764 $605
Monthly Cost $1,012,451 $31,309 $70,474 $14,517 $74,114 $110,789

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Community Development Authority of the City of Madison

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 8% having issued approximately 215 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 13 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $15,217 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% were extremely low income (ELI). 31% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 60% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

48% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 47% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

66% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 59% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Community Development Authority of the City of Madison Housing Choice Voucher program, 31% include at least one person with a disability. 45% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 78% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

28% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 37% with 3 or more bedrooms. 19% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Community Development Authority of the City of Madison voucher holders in 2016 was $404 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $685. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $107.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Community Development Authority of the City of Madison

Tenney Park Apartments

1225 E Gorham St
Madison, Wisconsin

Romnes Apartments

540 W Olin Ave
Madison, Wisconsin

Brittingham Apartments

755 Braxton Pl
Madison, Wisconsin

Truax Park Apartments

1503 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin

Low Income Housing Managed by Community Development Authority of the City of Madison

Parkside Highrise Apartments

245 S Park St
Madison, Wisconsin
Subsidized

Karabis Apartments

201 S Park St
Madison, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized