About Dane County Housing Authority

The Dane County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Monona, Wisconsin.

The Dane County Housing Authority serves Dane County, Madison, Sun Prairie, Stoughton, Dane, Oregon, Verona, Monona, Fitchburg, Edgerton, Middleton, Belleville, Deforest, Cottage Grove, Cross Plains, Waunakee, Cambridge, Mount Horeb and Blue Mounds.

Dane County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Dane County Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

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.

Last Updated on 08/05/2015.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Dane County Housing Authority (DCHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications at this time. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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 were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Pick up an application at the DCHA office.
  2. Call to request an application by mail.

Once the application has been completed, it must have been mailed or hand delivered to Wisconsin Management.

No documents were needed at this time.

This waiting list had the following preferences: 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 CT, Monday-Thursday.

Last Updated on 04/03/2017.


About the Dane County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Dane County Housing Authority manages 1,034 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 Ported Out
Vouchers 922 6 40 66
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $565 $519 $729 $629
Monthly Cost $521,194 $3,112 $29,163 $41,498

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Dane County Housing Authority

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 10% having issued approximately 107 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 28 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 $17,041 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% 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

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

49% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 47% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

56% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 52% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Dane County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 32% include at least one person with a disability. 47% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 84% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 39% with 2 bedrooms and 34% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% 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 Dane County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $437 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $677. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $118.



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.


Affordable Apartments near Dane County Housing Authority

250 S Oak St
Oregon Genesis Apartments is a 20 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Oregon. Rents at Oregon Genesis Apartments are $466-565.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Oregon.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
4929 Chalet Gardens Road
Nakoma Heights Apartments is a 144 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Fitchburg.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Fitchburg.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
245 S Park St
Parkside Apartments is a 95 unit low income housing apartment community in Madison.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance

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