Community Development Authority of the City of Madison

30 W. Mifflin Street, Suite 501
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
(608) 266-4675

Open today from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Community Development Authority of the City of Madison is a public housing agency in Madison, Wisconsin that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of March 20th, 2019, Community Development Authority of the City of Madison has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Family Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Community Development Authority of the City of Madison serves Madison.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Family Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Senior and Disabled Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Madison, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Truax Apartments Project-Based Voucher Closed

Open Community Development Authority of the City of Madison Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Family Public Housing Waiting List

The Community Development Authority of the City of Madison (CDA) Family Public Housing waiting list is currently open, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live and/or work in the City of Madison, families with children, elderly, disabled.

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

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 6082664675.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 10/29/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

The Community Development Authority of the City of Madison (CDA) Senior/Disabled Public Housing waiting list is currently open, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live and/or work in the City of Madison, families with children, elderly, disabled.

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

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 10/29/2018.

Other Community Development Authority of the City of Madison Waiting Lists

Closed: Madison, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher 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 Apartments Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Community Development Authority of the City of Madison (CDA) Project Based Section 8 waiting list for 2 and 5 bedroom units at Truax Apartments, is currently closed. It was last open for one day in October, 2018.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Elderly, Disabled, Families with Children. 

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the CDA website here.

Last Updated on 02/14/2019.

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/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/20/2019, 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.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am-4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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

As of the most recent VMS report, Community Development Authority of the City of Madison manages 1,687 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,414 32 63 1 18 158
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $668 $740 $769 $929 $1,030 $452
Monthly Cost $945,213 $23,679 $48,431 $929 $18,543 $71,486

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 Operated by Community Development Authority of the City of Madison

Scattered Site

1225 E Gorham St
Madison, WI

Bjarnes Romnes Apartments

540 W Olin Ave
Madison, WI

Brittingham Apartments

755 Braxton Pl
Madison, WI

Truax Park Apartments

1503 Wright Street
Madison, WI
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