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Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

201 West Washington Avenue
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin 53703

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority serves Wisconsin.

The following agencies operate on behalf of Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority:

Agency Serves
Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc Adams County, Columbia County, Dodge County, Iron County, Jefferson County, Juneau County, Price County, Rusk County, Sauk County, Taylor County, Washburn County
Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Other Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Website: http://www.wheda.com.

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Phone: (608) 266-7884.

Closed: Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority is currently closed and not accepting new applications.

Last Updated on 04/22/2016.

About Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

More information about Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority can be found on its website at http://www.wheda.com.

Representatives of Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority may be available by phone at (608) 266-7884. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 08/14/2020, it is not known if Wisconsin Housing and Economic 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 Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority manages 2,093 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,792 10 65 14 90
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $419 $792 $401 $991 $384
Monthly Cost $750,916 $7,919 $26,037 $13,879 $34,592

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Wisconsin Housing and Economic 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 20% having issued approximately 103 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 16 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $12,845 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% 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 73% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 45% 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, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

36% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 33% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

19% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 12% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 30% include at least one person with a disability. 49% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 57% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

34% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 40% with 2 bedrooms and 26% with 3 or more bedrooms. 29% 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 Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $316 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $498. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $116.



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.