Affordable Housing In Milwaukee County
Wisconsin

345 Low Income Apartment Communities In Milwaukee County

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

Marquette Manor

2409 10th Ave
South Milwaukee, WI
Income Based
2 BR
62+
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

Housing Authorities that serve Milwaukee County

Housing Authority Programs
Milwaukee County Housing Division Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Other Housing Authorities located in Milwaukee County

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
South Milwaukee Community Development Authority Public Housing
CDA of the City of West Allis Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

There are 345 low income housing apartment communities offering 24,128 affordable apartments for rent in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. Milwaukee County features 13,498 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 10,396 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Milwaukee County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Milwaukee County, WI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 345
Total Low Income Apartments 24,128
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 13,498
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 50.1%
Average Renter Household Size 2.30
Average Household Size 2.44
Median Household Income $43,873 ±$593
Median Rent $806 ±$4
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.35% ± 0.89pp
Total Population 955,939

Population and Household Demographics

Milwaukee County is a County in Wisconsin with a population of 955,939. There are 381,715 households in the county with an average household size of 2.44 persons. 50.1% of households in Milwaukee County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Milwaukee County

The median gross income for households in Milwaukee County is $43,873 a year, or $3,656 a month. The median rent for the county is $806 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Milwaukee County, a household making less than $2,687 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.35% of households who rent are overburdened in Milwaukee County.1

Area Median Income In Milwaukee County

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.

In Milwaukee County, 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 County

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 County HUD Rental Assistance in Milwaukee County

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 County

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, 173 low income apartment communities containing 6,589 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Milwaukee County 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 County

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 County 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 County

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

Cities In Milwaukee County

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City Listings Served By
Milwaukee 269 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Milwaukee are the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County Housing Division.
West Allis 17 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve West Allis are the CDA of the City of West Allis and Milwaukee County Housing Division.
Cudahy 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cudahy is the Milwaukee County Housing Division.
Franklin 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Franklin is the Milwaukee County Housing Division.
Glendale 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Glendale is the Milwaukee County Housing Division.
Oak Creek 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Oak Creek is the Milwaukee County Housing Division.
South Milwaukee 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve South Milwaukee are the South Milwaukee Community Development Authority and Milwaukee County Housing Division.
Wauwatosa 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wauwatosa is the Milwaukee County Housing Division.
Greenfield 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Greenfield is the Milwaukee County Housing Division.
West Milwaukee 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Milwaukee is the Milwaukee County Housing Division.
Hales Corners 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hales Corners is the Milwaukee County Housing Division.
Brown Deer 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Brown Deer is the Milwaukee County Housing Division.
Greendale 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Greendale is the Milwaukee County Housing Division.
Shorewood 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Shorewood is the Milwaukee County Housing Division.
St Francis 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St Francis is the Milwaukee County Housing Division.
Bayside 0
Fox Point 0
River Hills 0
St. Francis 0
Whitefish Bay 0