Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Milwaukee County, WI

Discover affordable housing in Milwaukee County where there are 455+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
$14.91 (+206%) more than Wisconsin minimum wage and $14.91 (+206%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

Go to the Wisconsin Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Milwaukee County.

How many renters live in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin?

The County of Milwaukee County has 918,661 people living in 388,440 households.

There are 420,971 renters living in 197,485 renter households in this County. Renters make up 45.82 percent of the population living in Milwaukee County.

What is the rental market like in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin?

There are an estimated 423,702 housing units in the Milwaukee County area. Of these, 210,555 units are rental homes, making up 50 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Milwaukee County?

The rental vacancy rate in Milwaukee County is 6 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Milwaukee County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Milwaukee County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
12,685 52,743 81,028 41,343 7,665
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Milwaukee County

A large number of apartments in Milwaukee County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Milwaukee County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 49 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 26 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Milwaukee County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $845 to $1,592. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $845
One BR $979
Two BR $1,170
Three BR $1,460
Four BR $1,592
2024 Fair Market Rents in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Milwaukee County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 6,715 53 percent
One BR 35,446 67 percent
Two BR 47,363 58 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

How many affordable rental units are in Milwaukee County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 7,393
Public Housing 2,372
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 9,271
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 624
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 119
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Milwaukee County features 14,588 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 10,164 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 $1,053 and $1,287.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.