Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 14,871 income based apartments in Milwaukee County where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 11,216 affordable apartments in Milwaukee County that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Milwaukee County. Go to the Wisconsin Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Milwaukee County.

Cambridge Apartments

1831 N Cambridge Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Southgate Square I

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

Greentree Apartments

3744 W Green Tree Rd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Income Based
1-3 BR

Plymouth Apartments

824 W Galena St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Income Based
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+

Walnut Park Senior Apartments

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

Mcauley Apartments

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

Marquette Manor

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

Clare Heights Senior Apartments

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

The Meetinghouse

10901 W Donna Dr
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
$875-1,044
1-2 BR
55+
Affordable

Maskani Place

320 E CENTER ST
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
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Affordable Housing In Milwaukee County

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City Apartments
Milwaukee, WI Affordable Housing programs support 293 apartment communities in Milwaukee.
West Allis, WI Affordable Housing programs support 17 apartment communities in West Allis.
Cudahy, WI Affordable Housing programs support 10 apartment communities in Cudahy.
Brown Deer, WI Affordable Housing programs support 7 apartment communities in Brown Deer.
Greenfield, WI Affordable Housing programs support 7 apartment communities in Greenfield.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Milwaukee County, 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.

Housing Authority Programs
Milwaukee County Housing Division Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Go to the Wisconsin Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Milwaukee County.

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Milwaukee County features 14,871 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 County, Wisconsin

There are 11,216 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Milwaukee County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Milwaukee County landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Milwaukee County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin for a two-bedroom apartment is between $983 and $1,201.

2023 Milwaukee County, 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
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Fair Market Rent $766 $909 $1,092 $1,374 $1,499
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Payment Standard Range $689 to $843 $818 to $1,000 $983 to $1,201 $1,237 to $1,511 $1,349 to $1,649

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Milwaukee County, WI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 369
Total Low Income Apartments 26,238
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 14,871
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.

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 $96,100

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 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 HUD Rental Assistance in Milwaukee County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Milwaukee County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$19,850 $22,650 $25,500 $28,300 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Milwaukee County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$33,050 $37,800 $42,500 $47,200 $51,000 $54,800 $58,550 $62,350
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Milwaukee County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$52,850 $60,400 $67,950 $75,500 $81,550 $87,600 $93,650 $99,700