Affordable Housing In La Crosse
La Crosse County, Wisconsin

23 Low Income Apartment Communities In La Crosse

St Vallerie Apartments

4445 Mormon Coulee Road
La Crosse, Wisconsin
1-2 BR

Heritage Haven La Crosse

800 St. James
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Christophersen House

2122 Sims Place
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Income Based
1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Forest Park Apartments

1230 Badger St
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1 BR

Ping Manor

1311 Badger St
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1 BR

2219 Lofts

2219 South Avenue
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Roosevelt School Apartments

1307 Hayes Street
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

River Oaks

3460 East Ave S
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Christopherson House Sagen

2121 Sims Pl
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Elderly Supportive Housing

Salzer Square II

1224 8th St S
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving La Crosse, Wisconsin

Housing Authority Programs
La Crosse Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
La Crosse County Housing Authority Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in La Crosse, Wisconsin

There are 23 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,385 affordable apartments for rent in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Income Based Apartments in La Crosse, Wisconsin

La Crosse features 907 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in La Crosse, Wisconsin

There are 478 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in La Crosse.

Housing Choice Vouchers in La Crosse, Wisconsin

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay La Crosse landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in La Crosse.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in La Crosse, Wisconsin for a two-bedroom apartment is between $837 and $1,023.

2022 La Crosse, Wisconsin Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
La Crosse, Wisconsin Fair Market Rent $618 $724 $930 $1,300 $1,592
La Crosse, Wisconsin Payment Standard Range $556 to $680 $652 to $796 $837 to $1,023 $1,170 to $1,430 $1,433 to $1,751

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

La Crosse, WI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 23
Total Low Income Apartments 1,385
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 907
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 51.38%
Average Renter Household Size 2.16
Average Household Size 2.28
Median Household Income $40,725 ±$1,046
Median Rent $711 ±$22
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.97% ± 3.9pp
Total Population 51,993

Population and Household Demographics

La Crosse is a city in La Crosse County, Wisconsin with a population of 51,993. There are 20,689 households in the city with an average household size of 2.28 persons. 51.38% of households in La Crosse are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in La Crosse

The median gross income for households in La Crosse is $40,725 a year, or $3,394 a month. The median rent for the city is $711 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In La Crosse, a household making less than $2,370 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.97% of households who rent are overburdened in La Crosse.

Area Median Income In La Crosse

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For La Crosse, the AMI is calculated from all households within La Crosse County.

In La Crosse, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $85,100

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in La Crosse

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in La Crosse

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the La Crosse AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$16,950 $19,400 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the La Crosse AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$28,250 $32,250 $36,300 $40,300 $43,550 $46,750 $50,000 $53,200
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the La Crosse AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$45,150 $51,600 $58,050 $64,500 $69,700 $74,850 $80,000 $85,150