Milwaukee, Wisconsin Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 12,141 income based apartments in Milwaukee where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 8,009 affordable apartments in Milwaukee that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

There is one Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list open in Milwaukee.

  • is currently open for new Section 8 applications.

Go to the Wisconsin Section 8 Waiting Lists page for more openings near Milwaukee.

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Affordable Housing Near Milwaukee

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City Apartments
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.
Wauwatosa, WI Affordable Housing programs support 7 apartment communities in Wauwatosa.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Milwaukee, 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
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)
Go to the Wisconsin Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Milwaukee.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee features 12,141 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 8,009 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 $983 and $1,201.

2023 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
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Fair Market Rent $766 $909 $1,092 $1,374 $1,499
Milwaukee, 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 research.

Milwaukee, WI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 293
Total Low Income Apartments 20,261
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 12,141
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 $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

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

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Milwaukee 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 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 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