Wausau Community Development Authority

550 East Thomas Street
Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin 54403

Wausau Community Development Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of August 16th, 2022, Wausau Community Development Authority has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Wausau Community Development Authority offers Public Housing and Section 8 Housing rental assistance in Wausau.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Scattered Sites Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Riverview Terrace, Affordable Assisted Living Open Until Further Notice
Riverview Towers, Near Elderly and Disabled Open Until Further Notice
Wausau, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Wausau Community Development Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Scattered Sites Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

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.

Open Until Further Notice: Riverview Terrace, Affordable Assisted Living Waiting List

The Wausau Community Development Authority (WCDA) Senior Affordable Assisted Living waiting list for apartments at Riverview Terrace is currently open.

The WCDA is accepting applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of July 22, 2022, until further notice.

  • Riverview Terrace Assisted Living is a Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCAC) licensed to provide each resident up to 28 hours per week of supportive, personal and nursing services. To be eligible for Riverview Terrace, an individual must be 62 years of age or older and successfully complete a functional assessment conducted through the WCDA. 

To apply during the opening period, pick up an application from WCDA, located at 540 E. Thomas Street, Wausau, WI 54403.

Once the application has been completed, it must be returned to the WCDA, address mentioned above.

The maximum income limit for each household size are as follows:

  • 1 Person $49,100
  • 2 Persons $56,100

There are no preferences.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the WCDA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WCDA on July 22, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Other Senior rental assistance in Wausau, Wisconsin.

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.

Last Updated on 07/22/2022.

Open Until Further Notice: Riverview Towers, Near Elderly and Disabled Waiting List

The Wausau Community Development Authority (WCDA) Near Elderly and Disabled waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments at Riverview Towers is currently open.

The WCDA is accepting applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of July 22, 2022, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the paper application here.

Once the application has been completed, it must be returned to the WCDA, located at 540 E. Thomas Street, Wausau, WI 54403

The maximum income limit for each household size are as follows:

  • 1 Person $36,840
  • 2 Persons $42,060

There are no preferences.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the WCDA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WCDA on July 22, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Other rental assistance in Wausau, Wisconsin.

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.

Last Updated on 07/22/2022.

Other Wausau Community Development Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Wausau, Wisconsin Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Wausau Community Development Authority (WCDA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is closed.

The WCDA last accepted applications for this waiting list from July 18, 2022, until August 5, 2022. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the paper application.
  2. Pick up the application from the WCDA.

Once the application was completed, it was returned to the WCDA office.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the WCDA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WCDA on July 22, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Last Updated on 08/05/2022.

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 08/16/2022, 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 HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Wausau Community Development Authority manages 418 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 269 2 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $348 $282 $1,280
Monthly Cost $93,548 $564 $1,280

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 Apartments Operated by Wausau Community Development Authority

Riverview Towers East

500 Grand Ave
Wausau, Wisconsin