Affordable Housing In Milwaukee
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

268 Low Income Apartment Communities In Milwaukee

Southgate Square I

3795 S 27th St
Milwaukee, WI
Income Based
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Mcauley Apartments

1018 E Knapp St
Milwaukee, WI
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Clare Heights Senior Apartments

717 W Holt Ave
Milwaukee, WI
$795-1,150
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Kunzelmann-Esser Lofts

710 West Historic Mitchell Street
Milwaukee, WI
$625-889
Studio-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Walnut Park Apartments

1539 N 9th St
Milwaukee, WI
Income Based
1-2 BR

Lapham Park

1901 N 6th St
Milwaukee, WI
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Locust Court

1350 E Locust St
Milwaukee, WI
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible

Mitchell Court

2600 W National Ave
Milwaukee, WI
Call For Rent
1 BR

Riverview

1300 E Kane Pl
Milwaukee, WI
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible

Layton Gardens

4529 S 23rd St
Milwaukee, WI
Income Based
1 BR
55+
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Milwaukee

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
Milwaukee County Housing Division Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 268 low income housing apartment communities offering 18,112 affordable apartments for rent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee features 10,448 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 7,470 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee, WI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 268
Total Low Income Apartments 18,112
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 10,448
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 57.71%
Average Renter Household Size 2.46
Average Household Size 2.52
Median Household Income $35,958 ±$480
Median Rent $786 ±$4
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 54.69% ± 1.05pp
Total Population 599,498

Population and Household Demographics

Milwaukee is a City in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin with a population of 599,498. There are 230,807 households in the city with an average household size of 2.52 persons. 57.71% of households in Milwaukee are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Milwaukee

The median gross income for households in Milwaukee is $35,958 a year, or $2,997 a month. The median rent for the city is $786 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Milwaukee, a household making less than $2,620 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 54.69% of households who rent are overburdened in Milwaukee.1

Area Median Income In Milwaukee

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 Milwaukee, the AMI is calculated from all households within Milwaukee County.

In Milwaukee, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $82,300

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 Milwaukee

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 Milwaukee HUD Rental Assistance in Milwaukee

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $17,300 $19,800 $22,250 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $28,850 $32,950 $37,050 $41,150 $44,450 $47,750 $51,050 $54,350
80% of Median $46,100 $52,700 $59,300 $65,850 $71,150 $76,400 $81,700 $86,950
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Milwaukee

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1987 to 2012, 131 low income apartment communities containing 4,303 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Milwaukee by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Milwaukee

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $28,850 $32,950 $37,050 $41,150 $44,450 $47,750 $51,050 $54,350
60% of Median $34,620 $39,540 $44,460 $49,380 $53,340 $57,300 $61,260 $65,220

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Milwaukee is $44,460 a year, or $3,705 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,705 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,112 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $721 $773 $926 $1,070 $1,194 $1,318
60% $866 $927 $1,112 $1,284 $1,433 $1,581
Fair Market Rents in Milwaukee

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$628 $761 $922 $1,177 $1,303