Waukesha Housing Authority

600 Arcadian Avenue
Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin 53186

Waukesha Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Family Self-Sufficiency, and Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs. As of September 21st, 2021, Waukesha Housing Authority has 6 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Waukesha Housing Authority serves Waukesha.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Waukesha County, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Gander Apartments Homeless and Disabled Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Berkshire Kensington Near Elderly Senior Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Breezewood Village Senior Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Scattered Sites Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Saratoga Heights Open Until Further Notice

Open Waukesha Housing Authority Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Waukesha Housing Authority Website: http://www.whaonline.com/.

Waukesha Housing Authority Phone: (262) 542-2262.

COVID-19 Updates:

As of August 10, 2021, the WHA website states, "The Office is CLOSED to the Public due to the Covid-19 pandemic until further notice."

More information is available here.

Open Until Further Notice: Waukesha County, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Waukesha Housing Authority (WHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from July 1, 2021, until further notice.

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

The maximum income limits for each household size are available here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Disabled
  • Elderly
  • Veterans

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

For more information, visit the WHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WHA on August 10, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (262) 436-0932.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/10/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Gander Apartments Homeless and Disabled Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Waukesha Housing Authority (WHA) Homeless and Disabled Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 2-Bedroom apartments at Gander Apartments is currently open. Applications for referrals are being accepted since at least August, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here. All referrals will come through the Balance of State Continuum of Care prioritization list for Waukesha, managed by the Waukesha Housing Action Coalition.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the WHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WHA on August 10, 2021.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (262) 436-0932.

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 08/17/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Berkshire Kensington Near Elderly Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Waukesha Housing Authority (WHA) Near Elderly (55+) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for apartments at Berkshire Kensington is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least August, 2021, until further notice.

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the WHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WHA on August 17, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (262) 436-0932.

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 08/17/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Breezewood Village Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Waukesha Housing Authority (WHA) Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for Studio, 1 and 2-Bedroom apartments at Breezewood Village is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least August, 2021, until further notice.

Please note: This community also serves disabled residents and Veterans.

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the WHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WHA on August 10, 2021.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (262) 436-0932.

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 08/17/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Scattered Sites Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Waukesha Housing Authority (WHA) Public Housing waiting list for Scattered Sites is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least August, 2021, until further notice.

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the WHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WHA on August 10, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (262) 436-0932.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/17/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Saratoga Heights Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Waukesha Housing Authority (WHA) waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments at Saratoga Heights is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least August, 2021, until further notice.

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

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Disabled
  • Elderly
  • Veterans

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

For more information, visit the WHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WHA on August 10, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (262) 436-0932.

Last Updated on 08/17/2021.

About Waukesha Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Waukesha Housing Authority may be available by phone at (262) 542-2262. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/21/2021, 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 HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Waukesha Housing Authority manages 925 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 915 10
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $514 $888
Monthly Cost $470,641 $8,883

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 Apartments Operated by Waukesha Housing Authority

Scattered Sites

104 Cecilia Ct
Waukesha, Wisconsin

Saratoga Heights

120 Corrina Blvd
Waukesha, Wisconsin