Wausau Community Development Authority

550 E Thomas Street
Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin 54403

Wausau Community Development Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Wausau, Wisconsin that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of November 17th, 2019, Wausau Community Development Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Wausau, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on December 6th, 2019. The Scattered Sites Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Wausau Community Development Authority serves Wausau.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Wausau, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Scattered Sites Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Wausau Community Development Authority Waiting Lists

Open Now: Wausau, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Wausau Community Development Authority (WCDA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from September 9, 2019 at 8:00 am, until December 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm CT.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Open and print the application online here.
  2. Pick up an application from the WCDA office, located at 550 E. Thomas Street Wausau, WI 54403.

Once the application has been completed, it must be returned to the Wausau Community Development Authority at 550 East Thomas Street Wausau, WI 54403. All applications must be returned to the WCDA office prior to Friday, December 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm to be considered.

There are no preferences.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

Income limit information can be found here.

For more information, visit the WCDA Section 8 page, or the WCDA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (715) 261-6687.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 11/09/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Scattered Sites Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Wausau Community Development Authority (WCDA) waiting list for Scattered Sites Public Housing is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least September, 2015, until further notice.

According to the WCDA, "The program offers 46 non-smoking duplexes and single family homes scattered throughout the City of Wausau.  There are one, two, three and four bedroom single family homes and duplexes available."

To apply during the opening period, open and print the application online here. Select the "Click here to download the application in PDF" link.

Once the application and release of information document has been completed, it must be returned to the WCHA.

For more information, visit the WCDA Scattered Sites page, or the WCDA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (715) 261-6687.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/18/2019.

About Wausau Community Development Authority

More information about Wausau Community Development Authority can be found on its website at http://www.ci.wausau.wi.us/Departments/CommunityDevelopment/CommunityDevelopmentAuthority.aspx.

Representatives of Wausau Community Development Authority may be available by phone at (715) 261-6674. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/17/2019, it is not known if Wausau Community Development 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 Wausau Community Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Wausau Community Development Authority manages 397 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 243 8 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $315 $218 $802
Monthly Cost $76,632 $1,747 $802

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Wausau Community Development 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 27% having issued approximately 10 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 9 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 $13,677 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 63% were extremely low income (ELI). 21% 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 75% 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, 36% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 39% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 12% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

27% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 24% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

16% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 6% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Wausau Community Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 30% include at least one person with a disability. 54% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 44% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

58% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 27% with 2 bedrooms and 15% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% 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 Wausau Community Development Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $309 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $398. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $107.



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 Wausau Community Development Authority

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500 Grand Ave
Wausau, WI