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Affordable Housing In Milwaukee
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

269 Low Income Apartment Communities In Milwaukee

Southgate Square I

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

Walnut Park Senior Apartments

1551 N 9th St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized
62+

Mcauley Apartments

1018 E Knapp St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Income Based
1-3 BR

Clare Heights Senior Apartments

717 W Holt Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
$795-1,150
1-2 BR

Paper Box Lofts

1560 W Pierce St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accessible
Below Market Rate
Market Rate

Kunzelmann-Esser Lofts

710 West Historic Mitchell Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
$625-889
Studio-2 BR

Lapham Park

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

Locust Court

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

Mitchell Court

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

Riverview

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

Housing Authorities that serve Milwaukee

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Public Housing Homeownership; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)
Milwaukee County Housing Division Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

There are 269 low income housing apartment communities offering 18,377 affordable apartments for rent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Income Based Apartments in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee features 10,789 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 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

There are 7,543 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Milwaukee.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a two-bedroom apartment is between $830 and $1,014.

2020 Milwaukee, 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
Fair Market Rent $628 $761 $922 $1,177 $1,303
Payment Standard Range $565 to $691 $685 to $837 $830 to $1,014 $1,059 to $1,295 $1,173 to $1,433

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Milwaukee, WI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 269
Total Low Income Apartments 18,377
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 10,789
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.

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 $83,800

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 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 $17,650 $20,150 $22,650 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $29,350 $33,550 $37,750 $41,900 $45,300 $48,650 $52,000 $55,350
80% of Median $46,950 $53,650 $60,350 $67,050 $72,450 $77,800 $83,150 $88,550