Wausau Community Development Authority

550 E Thomas Street
Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin
(715) 261-6687

Wausau Community Development Authority is a public housing agency in Wausau, Wisconsin that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of March 20th, 2019, Wausau Community Development Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Wausau Community Development Authority serves Wausau.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Wausau Community Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Wausau Community Development Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

The Wausau Community Development Authority (WCDA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior disabled households.

The WCDA offers four Public Housing communities with 195 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from studios to 3 bedrooms.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the WCDA to pick up a pre-application, located at 550 East Thomas St., Wausau WI 54403, from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm CT, Monday-Friday.
  2. Download a scattered sites pre-application, or senior/disabled pre-application, then print and complete.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

No documents are needed at this time.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, call the WCDA office at (715) 261-6680 from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

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 09/04/2015.

Other Wausau Community Development Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Wausau Community Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Wausau Community Development Authority (WCDA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for nearly two weeks in August 2015, and before that in July 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.



Wausau, WI is about 95 miles northwest of Green Bay, WI.


There were two ways to apply in 2015:
  1. Download and print the online pre-application. A link was provided on the WCDA website.
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the WCDA office.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must have been hand delivered to the WCDA office at the address above by August 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm CDT.


Qualified applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.


For more information, visit the WCDA website, or call (715) 261-6687.

Last Updated on 08/21/2015.

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.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/20/2019, 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 398 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 233 8 2
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $317 $219 $864
Monthly Cost $73,819 $1,754 $1,728

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

Riverview Towers East

500 Grand Ave
Wausau, WI
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