Milwaukee County Housing Division

2711 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI

There are no open waiting lists offered by Milwaukee County Housing Division. Go to the Wisconsin Section 8 Waiting Lists page or the Wisconsin Public Housing Waiting Lists page for nearby housing applications.

Closed: Milwaukee County Housing Division Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Milwaukee County Housing Division (MCHD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher wait list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in July 2016, and before that in 2001.


Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.



There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. On July 12, 2016, applicants were required to complete an application at the MLK Jr. Rec Center.
  2. On July 13, 2016, applicants were required to complete an application at the Gordon Park Pavilion.
  3. On July 14, 2016, applicants were required to complete an application at the McCarty Park.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Terminated from HCV program due to insufficient funding, homeless, veteran, residents of the MCHD's jurisdiction, working family, disabled. Please note: We are unable to confirm the jurisdiction of the MCHD. We have contacted the MCHD and will update our page when more information becomes available.


Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.


Households placed on the waiting list will receive notification before September 6, 2016. Households not placed on the waiting list will not be contacted.


Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.


For more information, visit the MCHD website, or call the office at (414) 278-4884.

Last Updated on 07/14/2016.

About Milwaukee County Housing Division

About the Milwaukee County Housing Division Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Milwaukee County Housing Division manages 1,701 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 1,663 5 28 5
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $508 $779 $542 $1,177
Monthly Cost $844,772 $3,895 $15,173 $5,886
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 22% having issued approximately 86 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 18 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $13,031 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 25% 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

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% 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.

37% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 36% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

78% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 72% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Milwaukee County Housing Division Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 36% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 69% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

32% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 33% with 3 or more bedrooms. 29% 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 Milwaukee County Housing Division voucher holders in 2016 was $321 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $603. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $102.

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.