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Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee

809 North Broadway
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin 53202

Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Public Housing Homeownership, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), and Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs. As of March 4th, 2021, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee serves Milwaukee.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Senior or Adult Disabled Housing Open Until Further Notice
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Project-Based Rental Assistance Closed
Affordable Market-Rate Housing Unknown

Open Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Website: https://www.hacm.org/.

Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Phone: (414) 286-5678.

COVID-19 Update: As of June 18, 2020, the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee website says:

"The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our residents, employees, and community partners as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19. The coronavirus is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
First and most importantly, HACM will continue to rely on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DHS, and the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) for guidance and direction on COVID-19.

HACM is relying on the cooperation of all residents and staff to promote and follow good health practices."

More information can be found here.

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for apartments at the properties listed below is currently open. Applications are being accepted from September 21, 2020 at 9:00 am CT, until further notice.

This waiting list is for apartments at the following properties:

  • Becher Court, located at 1800 W. Becher St. Milwaukee, WI 53215, 1 and 2 Bedrooms.
  • Cherry Court, located at 1525 N. 24thSt. Milwaukee, WI 53205, 1 Bedroom.
  • Convent Hill, located at 455 E. Ogden Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53202, 1 Bedroom.
  • Highland Gardens, located at 1818 W. Juneau Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53233, 1 and 2 Bedrooms.
  • Holton Terrace, located at 2825 N. Holton St. Milwaukee, WI 53212, 1 Bedroom.
  • Lapham Park, located at 1901 N. 6th St. Milwaukee, WI 53212, 1 and 2 Bedrooms.
  • Merrill Park, located at 222 N. 33rd St. Milwaukee, WI 53208, 1 Bedroom.
  • Olga Village, located at 722 W. Washington Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53204, 1 and 2 Bedrooms.
  • Scattered Sites, located at Various locations, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Bedrooms.
  • Victory Manor, located at 5556 N. 68th St. Milwaukee, WI 53218, 1 Bedroom.
  • Westlawn Gardens Mid-Rise, located at 5555 N. 62nd St. Milwaukee, WI 53218, 1 Bedroom.
  • Westlawn Gardens, located it 6236 W. Birch Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53218, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Bedrooms.

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

The maximum income limits for each household size are as follows: 

  • 1 Person $29,350 | 5 Persons $45,300
  • 2 Persons $33,550 | 6 Persons $48,650
  • 3 Persons $37,750 | 7 Persons $52,000
  • 4 Persons $41,900 | 8 Persons $55,350

The Becher Court, Cherry Court, Convent Hill, Highland Gardens, Holton Terrace, Lapham Park, Merrill Park, Olga Village and Westlawn Gardens Mid-Rise waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly (62+ years of age and older), near elderly (50 - 61 years of age and older), and/or disabled (18 years of age and older).

The Scattered Sites waiting list has the following preferences: Families of 2 or more persons.

The Victory Manor waiting list has the following preferences: Veterans.

The Westlawn Gardens waiting list has the following preferences: Families of 1 or more persons.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting lists, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACM website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACM, as of September 18, 2020.

Service Area

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

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (414) 286-5678 (voice) or (414) 286-3504 (TDD).

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 09/21/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Senior or Adult Disabled 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 Other Senior and Disabled Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) waiting list for Senior (50+) or Adult Disabled Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least June, 2020, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the pre-application that is available online here. Select the "Pre-Application for Seniors and Disabled Adults" link in the "Senior & Adult Disabled Public Housing" section.
  2. Call (414) 286-5678 or (414) 286-3504 (TDD) to request an application by mail.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to the HACM.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the HACM Senior & Adult Disabled Housing Program page, or the HACM website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (414) 286-5414.

Last Updated on 06/18/2020.

Other Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Waiting Lists

Closed: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from June 23, 2020, until June 25, 2020. 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.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

  • 1 person $29,350 | 5 persons $45,300
  • 2 persons $33,550 | 6 persons $48,650
  • 3 persons $37,750 | 7 persons $52,000
  • 4 persons $41,900 | 8 persons $55,350

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

3,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACM website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACM, as of June 15, 2020.

Last Updated on 12/21/2020.

Closed: Project-Based Rental Assistance Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) waiting list for Project-Based Rental Assistance apartments is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the HACM website.

Last Updated on 06/18/2020.

Unknown: Affordable Market-Rate Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 06/18/2020.

About Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee

More information about Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee can be found on its website at https://www.hacm.org/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee may be available by phone at (414) 286-5678. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/04/2021, it is not known if Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee 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 Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee manages 5,556 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, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 4,244 89 256 46 241 90
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $532 $402 $499 $813 $434 $473
Monthly Cost $2,255,921 $35,751 $127,770 $37,388 $104,593 $42,541

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee

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 7% having issued approximately 799 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 34 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $14,925 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% 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

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 60% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% 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.

51% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 48% of households with children have a female head of household. 85% of all households were headed by a female.

93% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 84% of all heads of households being Black and 4% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 32% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 82% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

23% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 45% with 3 or more bedrooms. 23% 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 Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee voucher holders in 2016 was $357 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $563. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $123.



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 Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee

Convent Hill Gardens

455 E Ogden Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+
Accessible
Subsidized
Elderly Supportive Housing

Cherry Court Midrise

1525 N 24th St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1 BR

Hillside Terrace

1545 N 7th St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Holton Terrace

2825 N Holton St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
55+
Accessible

College Court

3334 W Highland Blvd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+

Arlington Court

1633 N Arlington Pl
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1 BR

Locust Court

1350 E Locust St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible

Scat Site North and West

1915 W Cornell St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mitchell Court

2600 W National Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1 BR

Lincoln Court

2325 S Howell Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1 BR

Highland Homes

1818 W. Juneau Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Scat Site South

1541 W Plainfield Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Riverview

1300 E Kane Pl
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible

Scattered Sites

2621 N 16th St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Merrill Park

222 N 33rd St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible

Parklawn

4434 W. Marion St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Scat Site Housing Authority Home

3246 N Julia St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Becher Court

1802 W Becher St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Townhomes at Carver Park

639 W Brown St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Scat Site Hope VI Cherry

2482 W Vliet St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Scat Site Tax Credit 2008

3346 N 9th St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Olga Village

722 W Washington St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Scat Site Hope VI 6780a

3447 N 3rd St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Highland Gardens

1818 West Juneau Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
Accessible

Low Income Housing Managed by Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee

Lapham Park

1901 N 6th St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Westlawn Gardens

6236 W. Birch Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1 BR
Family & Senior
Accessible