Waukesha Housing Authority

600 Arcadian Avenue
Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
(262) 542-2262

Waukesha Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Waukesha, Wisconsin that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of January 21st, 2019, Waukesha Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Waukesha Housing Authority serves Waukesha.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Project-Based Voucher Open Indefinitely
Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Waukesha County, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Waukesha Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Waukesha Housing Authority (WHA) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, visit the WHA website here, and scroll down to the "WHA Wait Lists" section. Click the online application link for the desired property.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information by writing the WHA via email, mail or fax.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (262) 542-2262.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (262)542-2262.

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 01/29/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

The Waukesha Housing Authority (WHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, visit the WHA website here, and scroll down to the "WHA Wait Lists" section. Click the online application link for the desired property.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information by writing the WHA via email, mail or fax.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (262) 542-2262.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (262)542-2262.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/29/2018.

Other Waukesha Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Waukesha County, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Waukesha Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in January 2017. 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. We have contacted the WHA, and will update our page when more information becomes available.

Applicants can check their status online two weeks after the application has been submitted.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information by writing the WHA via email, mail or fax.

For more information, visit the WHA website, or call the office at (262) 542-2262.

Last Updated on 01/29/2018.

About Waukesha Housing Authority

More information about Waukesha Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.whaonline.com/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 01/21/2019, it is not known if Waukesha Housing Authority 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 Waukesha Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Waukesha Housing Authority manages 1,033 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 1,024 9
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $482 $1,067
Monthly Cost $493,785 $9,603

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Waukesha 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 18% having issued approximately 65 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 61 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $14,791 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 61% were extremely low income (ELI). 19% 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 76% 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, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 28% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

30% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

27% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 19% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Waukesha Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 34% include at least one person with a disability. 61% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 45% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

45% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 39% with 2 bedrooms and 16% 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 Waukesha Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $390 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $607. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $84.



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 Waukesha Housing Authority

Scattered Sites

104 Cecilia Ct
Waukesha, WI

Saratoga Heights

120 Corrina Blvd
Waukesha, WI
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